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The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc was incorporated in October 1990 to develop a mining museum at the site of the former Lithgow State Mine. Initial plans included the use of former mine buildings to house visitor facilities & mining exhibits with outdoor areas being adapted for railway, industrial and cultural displays.
The vision for the project included the establishment of a tourist railway on the former State Mine Colliery Branch Line.
Since its inception the vision for the organisation has expanded beyond the confines of the traditional museum concept to become part of a "living museum", linking a number of cultural heritage sites of state and national significance.
The organisation's mission statement defines the project as:
A showcase for the industrial history of the Western Coalfields
A tourist precinct to foster an understanding of Lithgow's heritage
An educational resource for the people of New South Wales
The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc is a non-profit body registered in NSW. It has approximately 100 ordinary members and ten corporate members.
The society owns the Lithgow State Mine site and a significant collection of mining, railway and industrial memorabilia. It also leases the Lithgow State Mine branchline, and a corridor of land extending from the Eskbank Locomotive Depot to Eskbank Goods Shed.
The society has been active in pursuing the development of the heritage park, thereby articulating a vision for presenting Lithgow's industrial heritage as an asset to the city.
The Lithgow State Mine Museum is is interpreting the history of coalmining in the NSW Western Coalfield. The museum holds the Australia's most comprehensive collections of coalmining artefacts and equipment within the buildings of the former Lithgow State Coal Mine.