On the site of the former Haig Pit in Whitehaven, which closed in 1986, the winding engine house and headgear are being restored to their former glory and is now open as the Haig Colliery Mining Museum.
Coal mining dates back to the 13th Century when the monks from St Bees Abbey supervised the opening of coal mines at Arrowthwaite. This long history ended in March 1986, when Haig Pit, Cumbria's last deep coal mine, finally closed.
The winding house has been undergoing restoration since early in 1994 by a group of local volunteers. When the pit closed, many of the buildings were demolished, and the area landscaped to form the Haig Enterprise Park. Only the winding engine house and headgear remained. The building is being restored to its former glory, along with two unique Bever-Dorling steam winding engines.
It is hoped that a railway can be constructed using a steam locomotive to ferry tourists part of the way from The Beacon to the Museum. The museum has on loan a diesel Hunslet Locomotive from Threlkeld Mining Museum.
The interactive Beacon is awash with the history of Copeland. Youíll be amazed at the areaís rich past and you wonít believe what a great time everyone has exploring the Beaconís five floors!
We offer easy access, guided tours, room hire, group bookings, gallery exhibitions, events and activities. We even have educational services, and groups and clubs.
Address: The Beacon, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LY
Imagine leaving the streets of our Georgian town centre and feeling like you have been transported to an exotic island in the Caribbean. That is what you will experience when you begin your journey through The Rum Story.
Set in the original 1785 shop, courtyards, cellars and bonded warehouses of the Jefferson family, The Rum Story has been authentically designed to provide all-weather family entertainment.
During your visit you will travel through a tropical rainforest, an African village, a realistic slave ship, Cumbrian cottages, a Cooper's workshop and much, much more.
Address: The Rum Story, Lowther Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7DN