2018 coal mining in Germany comes to an end with the closing of the Prosper-Haniel colliery in Bottrop. This event signifies the termination of an important chapter not only in German history, but also in European history, which has been shaped significantly by coal for the last 200 years.
The production and consumption of coal left its marks on industry and infrastructure, social life, politics, both World Wars and the European unification. In the Ruhr Area in particular, coal had a strong impact on the work, everyday life and mentality of the people.
From 27 April to 11 November 2018 “The Age of Coal. A European History”, the joint exhibition of the Ruhr Museum and of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum presents the multifaceted and fascinating history of coal production, its consumption and its consequences in the impressive mixing plant of the Zollverein Coking Plant.
“The Age of Coal. A European History” is a joint exhibition of Ruhr Museum in Essen and Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. The exhibition is sponsored by the RAG-Stiftung as part of their “Glückauf Zukunft!” initiative.