France

Centre Historique Minier




Located in Lewarde in the north of France, the Centre Historique Minier is sited in the heart of the mining coalfield

The Centre is situated on the 8-hectare site of the former Delloye Pit, with 8,000 square metres of industrial buildings and headframes. The Centre Historique Minier, created on the initiative of the Houillères du Bassin du Nord-Pas de Calais, includes a mining museum, a documentary resource centre and a science centre dealing with energy.

Open to the public since 1984, it is supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Hauts-de-France region and the local communities. The museum has already welcomed more than four million visitors and has been classified as an Historic Monument since 2009. It is the most important mining museum in France and the most visited site of the Hauts-de-France region, as it welcomes approximately 150,000 visitors each year. Moreover, since 2012, it has been one of the remarkable sites of the coalfield inscribed on the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.

The museum enables visitors to discover the mining world through seven major exhibitions, with themes including the daily life of miners, the history of coal mining and the formation of coal, as well as through the emblematic places of the pit, such as the pithead baths, lamproom, stables, etc . . . Visitors ‘go underground’ in the reconstructed roadways showing mining through time, from the period of Germinal in the 1860s up to the 1990s. Groups are accompanied by a guide and then the ‘meet a miner’ moment is an exceptional opportunity to share the experiences of a former miner. Temporary exhibitions and numerous cultural events are organized every year.

CONTACTS

Address: Rue d'Erchin, 59287 Lewarde, France
Phone: +33 3 27 95 82 82
www.chm-lewarde.com