Located on the site of the old Delloye coal-pit, where thousands of miners once worked, at the heart of the mining basin, the Centre Historique Minier is the biggest mining museum in France. It founded in 1984 with the aim of preserving and promoting the Nord-Pas de Calais mining culture, so as to show future generations what life was like during the three centuries of mining activity. Visitors are taken into the heart of the mining world, such as it was in the early 1900s. Videos and collection items are neatly laid out through the museum's three different sections: a mining museum, a documentary resource centre storing archives from mining companies and local coal mines, and a cultural centre on energy science. The guides are former miners, who take you through the 'hall of the hanged', the "lampisterie", the industrial buildings and the reconstructed galleries, vividly evoking all the harshness of the miners' work. There are many exhibitions to help complete the picture.