As part of the Hello Heritage festival Leicestershire County Council, the Century Theatre and Snibston Heritage Group will be opening the site to the public from 12noon to 5pm. This will be the first time the public will have access to Snibston Mine, a scheduled ancient monument of national importance.
The day will include guided tours of Snibston pit top. The public will be able to see how the colliery worked during the 1970s and 80s with volunteer former miners telling their story and experiences of working in local coalmines.
The tours will explore the lamp room and control room and how the mines were managed. Visitors will also see how men were lowered to almost 1,000 feet underground and how the coal was got to the surfaces.
The Century Theatre will be offering behind the scenes tours. Volunteers will tell the story of the theatre’s creation in Hinckley, its journey around the country and its removal from Keswick to Snibston. Attendees will glimpse an insight into the workings of the theatre and some of the famous actors who have graced its boards.
There will also be a display of local heritage put on by some of the area’s heritage groups, including Palitoy toys.
Along with the heritage displays there will be a chance to see the future plans for Snibston Park and discuss the development with council staff and contractors.
- Entry, tours and car parking are free.
- Entrance to the site for pedestrians and vehicles will be from Chiswell Drive and marked by brown signs.
- Tours of Snibston Mine will be at 12.30, 1.15, 2.30, 3.30 and 4.15
- Tours of the Century Theatre will be at 1.30, 2.30, 4.00 and 5.00