National Trust East Pool Mine


From concept development and design, through to fabrication and installation, the project capitalised on all of our in-house skills to help the attraction appeal to a wider audience and improve the way that visitors journey through the site. We designed and installed interactive features so people can get a real understanding of scientific and engineering principles and be transported back to the time when the engines were roaring.

Waymarkers, models of the site and interpretation encourage visitors to explore the whole site and orientate people around the industrial heritage remains, helping them visualise how things would have looked in the 1930s as a working mine.

We kept the written information on the displays as light as possible – the exhibition pieces themselves and the hands on exploration are the main attraction. In-depth books were strategically placed so that visitors can find out more about topics of particular interest.

Interactive features give people a real understanding of scientific and engineering principles. There are large scale models of the two engines that people can experiment with, showing the difference between winding and pumping engines and in Michell’s Winding Engine House, visitors can feel the whole building move, accompanied by some fantastic sounds and smells. A visit to East Pool Mine is now a truly sensory experience.