HISTORIAN John Tanner - who oversaw the creation of Experience Barnsley in the town hall - has landed a new role at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.

Dr Tanner has a long track record of successfully delivering major projects and will take up the job of head of masterplan and capital projects at the site.

For Barnsley Museums, he led the creation of Experience Barnsley and he has also been involved in increasing Elsecar Heritage Centre’s visitor numbers to over 600,000 people per year.

Coal mining heritage is a personal as well as professional passion for John, whose family worked underground for more than 140 years up until the 1980s.

He said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining National Coal Mining Museum.

“It 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.”