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See the Forest of Dean’s mining history at reopened Hopewell Colliery museum

Posted on 22nd April 2015

The Hopewell Colliery Museum has reopened after being closed to the public for the last few years and will once again highlight the Forest of Dean’s rich mining history.

Mine Tunnel

The museum is just outside of Coleford and is therefore close to Forest of Dean holiday cottages, which the new owner of the museum is hoping will shine a light on freemining in the Forest of Dean.

Speaking to the Gloucester Citizen, Rich Daniels, who has opened the mine, said, “Freemining is unique to the Forest of Dean. It doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world”.

“We want to keep people in the Forest of Dean and wider area interested in this unique trade which is thousands of years old.”

The mine reopened over the Easter weekend and the attraction saw a number of visitors attend the opening event. Visitors to the mine are kitted out with a hard hat and a miner’s lamp, and tours take people underground where they can enjoy talks about the history of mining in the region, learn about the process of mining and walk around the actual mine as well.
Image Credit: Ben Salter (flickr.com)