Youngsters to benefit from Lottery cash for Radstock Museum
The lottery-funded living history venture at Radstock Museum will enable young people to explore and capture the memories and experiences of those who worked in the Somerset coal industry at its end.
With the help of museum volunteers and officers, the youngsters will use what they gather to organise an exhibition, a publication and a DVD.
It is also anticipated that the project archive will help future generations learn about the lives of men who helped shape countless local communities, inspiring classroom learning for years to come.
Julie Dexter, project coordinator, said there were potentially fascinating questions to be asked in the project research.
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She added: "The grant recognises the importance of the coal industry in the local communities and gives pupils the opportunity to ask mine employees about their working lives.
"It also gives them the chance to ask questions of those who worked at its end – Why did they choose to work in the industry when the Somerset pits were near closure? And what did they do afterwards?"