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Report - The Discovery Park Snibston Jan 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by mattdonut, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. mattdonut

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    Snibston Colliery was one of three coal mines sunk in the 1820s and 1830s that helped create the town of Coalville in north-west Leicestershire. Snibston Colliery was created by the famous engineers George, and Robert Stephenson and produced coal continuously from 1833 to 1983. When it finally closed in 1985, the site was bought by Leicestershire County Council with the aim of preserving the most important buildings, turning the rest of the derelict site into a recreational area and building a major new museum of science and working life. The Discovery Park opened in 1992 and closed 31st july 2015..
    My dad stood on the top of the Headstock when the county council took over the site
    so it was quite a buzz for me to do the same 25 years later
    Visited with Goldie and Mrsam

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    Nice.

    Any news on the future of the colliery museum? Whilst the rest of the place was interactive kids tripe, the colliery bit was very good indeed...
     
  3. mattdonut

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    Cheers, no news yet although some of the exhibits are going back to the Abbey Pumping station
    i hope they keep it lost enough of the mining history :(
     
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    That's really cool. Nicely done. I had family nearby and always wanted to go. Maybe I will now:D
     
  5. Speed

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    Nice. I've not climbed those. Should get on it really!
     
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    Was great to see stuff I never got to see when it was a museum, I remember going on a school trip many moons ago.

    Pics came out well too, mine are shit i blame the big yard lamps!
     
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    Trains look veryyy nice :D epic report, enjoyed looking at these pics a lot
     
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    The winding house is worth a look too. Still has some nice old equipment left - some is really derpy and never been open to the public.
     
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    I saw all that in the early 90s

    In today's Mercury

    The Conservatives say they can also no longer afford to develop a proposed £400,000-a-year mining heritage museum at Snibston in Coalville.

    Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/5...tory-28504873-detail/story.html#ixzz3x15jjUZz
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    It's not looking very promising
     
  10. Speed

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    Just give it to me to look after. I will live in the winding house and give the headstocks a lick of paint every two years. Its not rocket science to get these places preserved.
     
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    The costume museum was very good too.
     
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    impressed with yer pics @mattdonut ,,,what lens was you using ?
     
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    Great to see this place being done. Shame about the recent news to not open a museum in the colliery :(
     
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    I went to check this one out today, but the security was tight, I had the dog as my decoy while I looked for a way in, then saw security guard having a fag near some bins. Definitely a know know
     
  15. Speed

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    Sounds like Fort Knox
     
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