Dr John Tanner to lead expansion at National Coal Mining Museum

The Heritage Project Manager and Historian’s new role will see him lead its masterplan and capital projects

The National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield has announced the creation of a new role to lead its major projects.

Heritage Project Manager and Historian Dr John Tanner has been appointed Head of Masterplan and Capital Projects.

Tanner’s experience includes leading the creation of the Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre while at Barnsley Museums, which was shortlisted for Museum of the Year in 2021.

Tanner has also worked on the ongoing development of the village of Elsecar, including the creation of a £25m masterplan. He has also led the restoration of the 1795 New Colliery at Elsecar Heritage Centre including its steam engine, the oldest in the world still in situ.

Other major museum projects across the North of England that Dr Tanner has contributed to include the Hull Maritime Museum, Craven Museum at Skipton, the transformation of Rochdale Town Hall and working in close partnership with National Coal Mining Museum, including on the establishment of the European Route of Industrial Heritage in Yorkshire.

The museum said it was “delighted to appoint John with his passion for coal mining history and vast experience developing heritage and museum sites.”

Tanner said on his appointment: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining National Coal Mining Museum. The Museum is loved by so many people, has immense potential for the future, and a vital and relevant history to share. It really is a very exciting time to join what is an amazing team.”