Visit the Mining History Center in Lewarde as part of the 2nd Les Historiennes Series
Day Trip to Mining History Center in Lewarde
Tuesday, May 25, 8 am – 7 pm, with Margo De Ley and Marjorie Lallande
Join us in a train trip to the Nord-Pas-de-Calais to experience what life was like for the coal miners in Zola’s Germinal! Well, truly, what it was like for the hundreds of thousands of miners who, over nearly three centuries, labored to bring forth coal from the earth. The region’s mines closed in 1990. It is now a World Heritage Site.
After taking us on a geological voyage through time to show us how coal is formed, the Mining History Center provides a fascinating and unique experience to descend (with a coal miners’ hat on, of course) into a real mine to explore its tunnels and engine rooms. Then, thanks to the exhibit “Life in a Mining Village”, we see the daily life of a miner and his family laid out before us: leisure, health, living conditions, etc. Finally, in “The Three Ages of the Mine”, models of mining sites illustrate the ways in which the industrial and technical landscape evolved during 270 years of coal mining in the Nord-Pas de Calais.
Participants must purchase their own train tickets, museum entry ticket, and lunch on site. Details of train schedules and entry tickets will be provided in mid – March. Covid-related visit rules (and confirmation of museum access) will be provided in early May. We will take the train to Douai and then a tram or bus to Lewarde.
Lunch: Either picnic in picnic area or dine in Le Briquet restaurant (plat du jour or salad 13-15€)
Limited to 12 participants. Cost: Your train ticket (40-50€), plus museum entry (12€50), and lunch.