Based at the site of the Snibston Colliery, the Discovery park is a "showcase" to all industries of the county- including quarrying, engineering, textiles, aircraft, etc. By choosing this site it also secured the future of the colliery buildings & structures. Although the other exhibits are interesting, I was particularly taken by the colliery site & can thoroughly recommend taking one of the guided tours.
Few pics of the pit:
The Stephenson shaft (named after George Stephenson who was instrumental in the development of this pit in it's early days)
The Tandem Shaft (2 shafts side by side) was originally called the Riding & Furnace shafts, with the latter commonly known as Smokey from the practice of using open fires in the pit bottom to induce ventilation
Some of the mining machinery around the site:
The Lamp Room
The Control Room, complete with an audio recording done by those that worked at the pit (although somewhat "tame" compared to those days )