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Engineering students from Barnsley College visited the National Coal Mining Museum at the former Caphouse Colliery to find out about what it was like to work in the mining industry.

The students, who are on the Gateway to Engineering programme, visited many interesting exhibits, including the machinery and tools that were used, as well as looking at how miners lived in past times.

They explored the old shower blocks, lockers, lift shafts and workshops and visited the pit ponies in their stables.

The students also travelled down the mine in hard hats and lights, which was a real eye-opener when they saw the conditions worked in by the miners and their families, including small children.

Tutor Steve Hoyle said the trip had been a big success.

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