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The brand-new Collier Boy has arrived at the Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park in 2020.

Book online NOW for your first Black Gold Experience Underground Tours of the decade and see the award-winning museum’s new attraction.

In Collier Boy you “meet” Joe who started working in the mine when he was just 12 – an age when the children of 2020 are still settling into secondary school.

He will tell you, via his digital story, about life as a child in the mine; the long working days, the dangerous conditions and the comradery shown between the generations of colliers.

Collier Boy is an actual account taken from ‘My Struggles for Life’ of celebrated Welsh author Joseph Keating’s first day of work in a coal mine and is a moving and engaging new element to the ever-popular Black Gold Underground Experience Tour.

It helps to bring to life the dramatic tale of our coal mining industry, which sparked the Industrial Revolution and inspired great minds the world over.

Our close-knit communities and their love of music, sport and singing were borne from coal mining and the Black Gold Underground Experience tour brings this tale to life through people and their stories – plus the odd special effect and fascinating fact!

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “In 2019, the Welsh Mining Experience welcomed thousands of visitors from across the world – including tourists, business representatives, children on a school trip and historical societies.

“The Black Gold Experience Underground tour was a highlight - visitors love meeting our friendly, knowledgeable guides, who, between them, spent 80 years working in the coal mines of South Wales and have lots of memories to share!

“Collier Boy tells the story of a boy who began work in the mines aged 12 to help support his family - something we couldn’t imagine for our children now.

“But there are people across RCT who have memories, passed down through the generations of their families, of the tender age their ancestors began work in perilous conditions in the mines.

“They are important stories to share and we do that in Collier Boy, which forms part of the Black Gold Underground Experience Tour.”

Black Gold Underground Experience Tours at the Welsh Mining Experience run from Tuesday to Saturday and include Collier Boy and DRAM! A cinematic experience where you ride the last dram of coal as it hurtles to the pit surface.

There is also an adventure playground, Caffe Bracchi and gift shop, as well as free exhibitions and interactive attractions, such as historical character dressing up.

You can also extend your visit by booking a chocolate-making or craft workshop with the award-winning businesses Chocolate House and Craft of Hearts.

The Welsh Mining Experience is proud to be autism friendly and the tours are wheelchair friendly. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are also welcome.

Welsh Mining Experience also holds the Sandford Award for educational excellence and has a range of mix and match packages to build the perfect school trip.

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Posted on Tuesday 21st January 2020

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