The Mining History Centre traces the history of the discovery of coal in Pas-de-Calais with its new temporary exhibition Conquering the West.

At the beginning of the 19th century, the industrial revolution accelerated and the coal exploited in the North of France gradually became its driving force. However, unsuccessful drilling around Arras suggests that the deposit is interrupted.

However, in 1841 and then in 1847, two discoveries, one fortuitous and the other scientific, confirmed the extension of the coal seam in Pas-de-Calais. Thanks to the know-how and techniques implemented for more than a century in the North, the growth in production becomes spectacular. The landscapes of the West are transforming and, in barely thirty years, this territory becomes the first French coal basin!

Conquering the West exhibition, until November 11, 2024.