A MUSEUM will go under the TV spotlight onSunday.
The National Coal Mining Museum near Grange Moor will feature on the Channel 4 programme How Britain Worked.
Presenter Guy Martin goes underground to learn about the lives of men, women and children who mined for coal.
As the only intact 19th century colliery surviving in the United Kingdom, the former Caphouse Colliery was the ideal location for Guy and his girlfriend Steph to head deep underground to dig for coal and experience the almost impossible conditions that miners worked in.
At the museum Guy, a lorry driver and Isle of Man TT motorcycle racer who hails from Lincolnshire, was filmed making runners for the coal sledge in the blacksmith’s shop and then taking the sledge underground with a reed basket.
Underground he mined coal with a pick and shovel, loading the coal into the basket and then onto the sledge before Steph took on the task of dragging it to a loading point.
Filming took place in January this year and involved several of the museum’s staff including the guides who are all ex-miners.
In the series Guy celebrates the workers of the Industrial Revolution by getting stuck into six of the country’s biggest restoration projects, bringing some of the 19th century’s most impressive engineering achievements back to life.
Each episode focuses on the jobs of the Industrial Revolution’s unsung heroes, the ordinary men, women and children who worked 14-hour days for little pay to create extraordinary things that changed the country forever.
How Britain Worked airs at 8pm tomorrow evening.
Admission to the museum is free. It is open daily 10am to 5pm except December 24 to 26 and January 1.