Jenny Layfield

Jenny joined the National Coal Mining Museum for England in October 2019.  The Museum illuminates the past and light the future of our connection with coal, mining and its rich heritage.  It does that through its unique underground experience, taking visitors 140m underground into a real coal mine guided by real coal miners.  Plus it has 49 acres of land, 2 historic mines, 39 building plus tonnes of collections to go deep into the heart of what coal mining means to us and the nation.  It has also has 1 Clysdale horse, 3 ponies, 2 cats and some canaries!

Prior the the NCMM Jenny worked for the National Trust for 15 years starting in Human Resources and ending her time as the General Manager for Nostell, a fantastic 18th Century mansion house based in 300 acres of parkland which tells the amazing story of how ordinary people crafted such as extraordinary place.  Jenny is also passionate about increasing Wakefield’s reputation as a cultural destination.  She was one of the founding members of the Wakefield Cultural Consortium who in 2016 were successful in receiving a £300,000 grant, part of the jointly funded Cultural Destination fund from ACE and VisitEngland.  She now sits on the Board for Creative Wakefield which brings together arts, culture, heritage, creative and digital industries with business, community, health, education and planning. Its vision for Wakefield is to drive forward an outstanding quality of life for everyone.