Travel & Tourism students learn about historic mining industry

Seven Travel and Tourism students from Bridgwater College recently spent a cold and wet afternoon down a mine in South Wales as part of their course. Responsible tourism is an important element of the second years travel and tourism programme. As part of their case studies, the students’ visited Blaenavon Big Pit in South Wales for a tour of their mine.

The Travel & Tourism students at the Blaenavon Big Pit mine in South Wales.

During the visit, the students experienced the total blackness that seven-year-old children would have experienced during their time in the mine in the 19th century. Students were also able to see the conditions that pit ponies would have experienced and were able to understand the importance of preserving the social history of the area and appreciate the relevance of this to the tourism environment. 

Student Tasmin Hembury of Bridgwater said,

“It was a unique experience being underground and our guide really brought it to life.”

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