Deep Down Underground: Exploring Local History

In this full day session, pupils will uncover the history of coal mining in Barnsley. Visit the Archives and Discovery Centre to gather a detailed historical picture of the local area through an investigation of archival documents, including printed material, photographs, maps and census returns. Pupils will develop their historical understanding by finding out how coal mining changed the local area over time.


During the day you will:

• Tour the museum and archives.

• Learn how to search for clues and evidence in primary source materials.

• Imagine what life was like for coal mining families in the past.

• Understand how your local area has changed over time.


Curriculum links




• Pupils will name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.

• Pupils will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to describe features studied.

• Pupils will make a local history study.


Please email or call us on 01226 774872 for more details or to book your visit.