Today (13 Nov 2018) I decided to visit the Big pit – a very well know coal mine which is a museum. A friend recommended me to visit this place and wow, a very wise decision.
I like it, a lot.
Very welcoming staff, friendly people and lovely welsh sense of humour 🙂
– Free entry
– Paid parking (although only £3 for the day)
Shot with Sony A7R II + Sigma 16mm F/1.4 (APS-C lens on full body camera)
Big Pit National Coal Museum (Welsh: Pwll Mawr Amgueddfa Lofaol Cymru) is an industrial heritage museum in Blaenavon, Torfaen, South Wales. A working coal mine from 1880 to 1980, it was opened to the public in 1983 under the auspices of the National Museum of Wales. The site is dedicated to operational preservation of the Welsh heritage of coal mining, which took place during the Industrial revolution.
Located adjacent to the preserved Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, Big Pit is part of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, a World Heritage Site, and an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
It got its name from the size of its elliptical shaft, which at 5.5m by 4.6m was the first in the area wide enough to wind two trams of coal side by side.