Like the collieries and surrounding villages of Kent, people are at the heart of our new museum. If you have a story to tell, or would like to get involved with volunteering, we would love to hear from you.


Barrie Price-Davies

“My father Howell Davies transferred from the Welsh coal fields to work at Betteshanger colliery in or around 1950. (He was the Overman for many years in charge of maintaining the condition of the shafts). I, of course, had to move with my Mum and Dad and we lived in Great Mongeham.

I left school in 1954 and signed on to work at Beteshanger. My first job was on Number 2 pit bottom, hauling tubs full of coal from the seam above known as the 1900’s. The train of tubs would then be split and loaded into the cage (lift) to be hauled to pit top. I had several other jobs further away from pit bottom operating conveyor belts (known as switches) and on ‘haulage’.

My history finished in 1958 when I left to join the Royal Air Force.”


We’re off to a great start with building our memory collection but we need more stories, your stories, and we ’d really like you to get involved.

Did you live in one of Kent’ s coal mining communities? Do you have memories of miners in the local community? Are you from a mining family? Or perhaps you worked in the coal mining industry?

Please complete the memory form! We would love to hear from you.


    Every volunteer offers invaluable support to the Kent Mining Museum. Volunteering provides an opportunity for you to bring your skills, experience, and enthusiasm to a broad range of tasks while also becoming part of a supportive team and community, meeting new people  and learning new skills. Whether it be cataloguing objects, assisting with school groups, conserving artefacts, storytelling, you will be helping visitors to enjoy their experience at the Kent Mining Museum.

    Museum Volunteer Form

    Learning and Engagement volunteer

    Learning and Engagement volunteer- Storyteller

    Museum Guide volunteer

    Conservation volunteer

    Cataloguing & Collections volunteer