Mayrau minning skansen - Czech republic
Mayrau minning skansen
The deepening of Mayrau mine in the community of Vinařice (near to the town of Kladno) enabled to open Prague Iron Mining Society this mine in 1874. At that time, Kladno ground became the greatest coal supplier in Bohemia. The shaft, deep 527 metres, got its name after Kajetan Mayer, Board of Directors´ Chairman, became soon a notion among Kladno mines. Ten years later, there was excavated assotiated shaft Robert. Within period of 120 years of mine activity, there was excavated 34 millions of tons of coal.
Just before closing of working, there was established a skansen in Mayrau mine, open for public on 19th August 1994. The exhibition presents model of „last working day in mine“, i.e. there is preserved here a stage, as if the miners left their working plac recently. The visitors pass authentic spaces and live through with miners their working day, from buffet refreshment visit up to works in gallery. The guides are former miners who worked in shaft in past. In skansen, you find three excavating machines (neo-classical Ringhoffer machine is presented to visitors in operation). In a gallery, 130 meters long, there is to be seen the exposition of fully mechanized cutting. You can admire here also mining rescue accessories, lamp magazine, padlock control or chain cloakrooms. Skansen organizes excursions with guide into old mining shafts of Vrapice area and makes cooperation with artists who organite in area art symposiums and other actions.
Text: Václav Zamba
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