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Thompson, Ceri
November 2005
Interpretation Journal;Autumn2005, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p16
This article presents information on ex-miner turned curator Ceri Thompson. There was little call for coal miners when Cwm Colliery closed in 1986 and, after 16 years underground, Thompson decided to try a different career. Being without any formal qualifications, apart from a G1 (Mining) Certificate, he spent five years in further education. Big Pit closed as a working mine in 1980 and opened as a museum in 1983. At that time the main focus of the museum was an underground tour led by former miners, and other interpretation was rather limited. In 2001, Big Pit came under the umbrella of the National Museums and Galleries of Wales and was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to redevelop the site. The aim of redevelopment was to create a national mining museum for Wales.


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