R10 Visit to Big Pit
What a fantastic day in Big Pit! We were all welcomed at the Pit Head to receive our helmets and headlamps ( and to leave our contraband – fitbits and car keys!!) We then entered the ‘cage’ for the 90m journey down in the lift. We were all very excited about going down to the mine!
In the mine, we learnt so many interesting facts about a miner’s life. We saw the “widow maker”, Davy lamps, canaries and were plunged into darkness like the miners! We were all fascinated to hear about the lives of the pit ponies. R10 found it fascinating that the horses were blindfolded 6 times when they came out of the pit on their summer holidays to avoid blindness!!
We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the miners’ canteen before heading off to the Miners’ locker rooms and showers. We had fun trying to pull carts and seeing how heavy a kettle would be to fill a tin bath for the miners. Thank you Big Pit for a wonderful day!
13 November 2019
Junior School News