FR22 RSC Excursion to the coal mining centre in Lewarde30 avr. 2022
On Wednesday participants went to a coal mining in Lewarde. This is a former mine, nowadays a museum. First students divided into 2 group and they got the helmets to protect their heads. We took a lift which took us into the shaft. There they learned about the evolution of working process in mines throughout the centuries, from manual work to mining with the use of machines and electricity. Students learned about the life of miners, help of horses and health problems caused by the coal dust, humid place, gases etc. The could compare the galleries which served for transport of coal in wagons and the galleries, where miners worked in unpleasant conditions , on their knees or even in horizontal position, in very narrow spaces. In the end we discovered that the shaft was artificial and was made for presenting reasons. The coal mines are not allowed to visit for public. In the second part of the excursion we visited the exposition presenting the life of miners and their families.
Pupils who visited the mines in their countries or during the Erasmus mobilities could compare their previous experience with the excursion to the coal mine. They finished the excursion with a nice picnic in the museum area under the birch trees. The weather was very pleasant and students could experience another cultural difference typical for French people.