Beyond Coal, FREE worksheet
for Teachers, Parents and Students
Mine2Minds education have produced a free worksheet and template based on the historic Mansfield Colliery banner. Students are encouraged to bring the banner artform up to date. Many former colliery sites have since been developed as country parks. Our landscape is characterised by wind-turbines instead of pit chimneys. Vehicles are increasingly electric and our lives are dominated by digital technology. These are the kind of images that we might see on a banner today. We are holding a competition for the best-designed banner that goes beyond coal. Let’s see what you can do! Let’s design a modern-themed banner for a greener world.
The Beyond Coal template is ready for you to colour and has four areas for you to add modern-day illustrations. – Draw, paint, use collage or use a computer to create your own banner. You can even design a different front and back, just like the original mining banners.
About the competition
Notes for Parents and teachers
The competition is open to all ages:
- Key Stage 1 (age 5-7)
- Key Stage 2 (age 7-11)
- Key Stage 3 (age 11-14)
- Key Stage 4 (age 14-16)
How to enter
Take a picture of completed artwork with a mobile phone and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Don’t forget to include name, age and contact details for your school.
We will be choosing a winner from each of the four age groups on Monday, June 26th 2021. Winners will be notified by email and an overall winner will receive a framed poster based on their design, plus a copy of our ‘Banners and Beyond’ Booklet. We’ll share the best designs in our online gallery and they will also be shown at the Century of Change schools event to be held at Mansfield Museum on July 14th July 2021 (subject to pandemic lockdown easing). We’ll be posting more details about this event in the coming weeks.
The Mansfield Colliery banner has stylistic characteristics of the 1951 Festival of Britain. One side features food, drink, light and heat, the other features a coal truck, railway wagon, steamship and power station. Source: Thinkamigo
Banners Booklet Banners and Beyond
Banners feature – A History of Coalmining in 10 Objects
Online exhibition – Coal, Community and Change
Memories of Nottinghamshire NUM Galas – Our Mansfield and Area
Festival of Britain – Wikipedia article
Civilisations Stories: The art of mining, banners segment, Youtube