Our merry and tireless Volunteer Miners are currently extending the visitor access a further 160 yards beyond the shaft gantry up to the main Stope (photo attached).
The stope is basically a large chamber where the miners would have extracted the lead. The stope averages 6 feet wide and extends approximately 30 feet across, it goes upwards for roughly 40 feet and extends downwards roughly 90 feet down to the next mine level. The lead vein is visible in both the level and the stope.
Our plan is to allow visitors access to the stope to gain an understanding of the hard work and toil the miners faced on a daily basis, also to get a visual comprehension of the vastness of their work. We will be updating the website regularly with photos of the work progress.
A huge thank you goes to Jeremy, Russel and Jon for their hard work so far. If you fancy a day’s digging and would like to volunteer to join the Underground Team, please contact the museum.
Please note that Full Health & Safety Regulations are applied and will be adhered to at all times.