New mining museum to open in Kent

A museum will open in Kent next March which will celebrate the story of energy in the county, from coal mining through to sustainable energy, writes Angie Cronin.

Built on the site of Kent’s last working coal mine in Betteshanger Park, the Kent Mining Museum will feature interactive displays that will educate visitors about how coal was discovered, how it was mined and about the day-to-day lives of the miners who worked at the collieries and the communities that surrounded them.

The museum is offering a variety of experiences including: meet a miner; lunch with the curator; history talks; guided walks; and guided coach tours of the East Kent Coalfield.

Entry and coach parking are free.

The museum is set within 250 acres of parkland, and Betteshanger Park features activities such as archery, cycling, an obstacle course and geocaching.