Chatterley Whitfield will again open its doors this Saturday (8) for guided tours around the site, led by some of the colliery's former employees.
The tours will form part of the annual national Heritage Open Days programme that celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.
The tour will allow visitors to have rare access to areas of the Chatterley Whitfield Colliery; a scheduled ancient monument site. Providing a glimpse at the site’s unique history, visitors will be able to take a look inside some of the surviving structures and buildings. The colliery is acknowledged to be the most comprehensive surviving deep mine site in England.
Heritage Open Days form a four day programme of events taking place between Thursday September 6, 2012 until Sunday September 9, 2012.
Councillor Andy Platt, cabinet member for green enterprise and a cleaner city, said: “Chatterley Whitfield is a key site in Stoke-on-Trent full of historic and architectural significance which perfectly complements the remarkable buildings and museums that sit across the city.
“The tours will give residents a unique insight into the inner workings of this wonderful city site.”
For further information on other open days visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk.
Tours will run between 10am and 3pm on an hourly basis. Booking for the tours is essential. To book a place contact 01782 236680.
• Due to the nature of the Chatterley Whitfield site sturdy footwear must be worn by all visitors at all times, without
exception. Suitable clothing should also be worn (hard hats will be provided).
• No entry is permitted to children under 7 years old.
• Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
• This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.
For all media enquiries contact Steven Kennedy in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232987.