Saturday, 22 August 2020

Voices From the Coalshed



August! Holiday season! And so many of us going…nowhere! Why not send a postcard anyway? Instead of the usual “Wish you were here”, how about, “Wish I was there”?

“Wish I was there” this month’s theme for contributions to the Voices from the Coal Shed blog and the virtual museum at the National Coal Mining Museum of England. This is open to any age and from anywhere.

Send your postcard message to:

Whether you can travel or not, everyone can wish.


Dave Alton

(Writer in Residence

National Coal Mining Museum of England)




We went to a farm in the Peak District. We went for a walk and got drenched in the rain. We walked some alpacas and went in the hot tub. Portugal would have been hotter and less rainy. We wish we’d been there, swimming in the big swimming pool and eating ice cream.


                                                                                                                          James (8) & William (6) Fraser




Sun, sea and sangria

Wish I was there

Dining out, diving in ,acting on impulse

Wish I was there

Even traffic jams and airport chaos and that little voice from the back seat enquiring “are we there yet?”

Wish I was there….well almost


It’s not too far

You know we have to book!

Will the loos be open?

Which is the quietest day with the least people about?

That’s where we are

Wish I wasn’t there





Dear Joe …

Why not take an outing to the N.C.M. Museum?



        Parents (better still – grandparents!)

        A spare morning/afternoon


        Follow the footsteps and your interests

        Note the free and challenging adventure playground

        Marvel at the machinery

        Discover the pit ponies

        Unlock the past and see how children worked

        Listen to your ancestors

        Explore what’s under your feet.


Follow the big people and let them talk!

You will then be able to wander and wonder.

Have fun!


                                                                                                                                                Lesley Randal

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