Fig 1: Landscape Trails of Coal and Rails, taking our industrial heritage on site into the digital age. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner
Fig. 2: Guided industrial heritage walk in 2013 along the former Great Northern Railway connection into Annesley Colliery. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner
LANDSCAPE TRAILS OF COAL AND RAILS:
A POST INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL PILGRIMAGE
Landscape Trails of Coal and Rails is a digital arts, heritage and cultural project based on former coalmining sites / memorials in the East Midlands and the railways that linked them. Many of the former colliery sites are now country parks and nature sites with the railway lines once connected to them becoming footpaths, cycle ways and bridleways. The Landscape Trails project aims to engage people on-line, on site with these former industrial sites and byways via a series of digital trails based on local connections to the arts, heritage, culture and folklore.
Fig.3: Examples of local industrial heritage initiatives in the arts, Songs and Rhymes from the Mines (2018) and Steaming Back to Kirkby: Poetry and Motion (2020). Photo Credit: MuBu Miner
Former coalminer, Terry Faulkner, sings ‘Schools Days Over’ at The Pit Micro Pub, Newstead, Nottinghamshire, as part of the 2019 ‘Songs and Rhymes from the Mines’ roadshow. Filming & Editing by MuBu Miner.
The project will link the memorials and railway track-beds of the present with the past via a series of ‘Trails and Tales’. These will tell the story of changing times of the former industrial sites through poetry, short stories, song, iconic archive images and video footage and tales of local folklore using and explaining local dialect and industrial terminology.
Fig. 4: Industrial heritage trail at the former Annesley Colliery site in Nottinghamshire. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner.
Fig. 5: Pella Grove on the redeveloped Annesley Colliery site in 2020. It is named after Fred Pella, a native Pole who settled at Annesley after WW2 and became renowned for his coal carvings. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner collection.
Fig. 6: Fred Pella, 3rd from from the left, presents a sample of his coal carving to HM The Queen in 1977 during the Silver Jubilee celebrations. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner.
Outputs will be via digital mapping, videos (including some archive footage), audios, a Blog and an on-line image gallery including archive photographs. A series of trails booklets and educational learning resources for schools will form part of the project. End of Project finale community events will be held for each of the Landscape Trails.
The project will engage with former coalmining / industrial communities in the East Midlands at Eastwood, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Stanton Hill /Teversal, Pinxton and Langley Mill. These are all former industrial deprived areas, which have been identified as High Priority Eligible Coalfields Wards by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust
For more details of the proposed digital trails project e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Silverhill Colliery: Present and Past
Fig. 7: Miners Statue at Silverhill Woods, near Teversal, Nottinghamshire, located on the summit of the former Silverhill Colliery pit tip. This is the highest point in the county of Nottinghamshire. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner
Fig. 7: Silverhill Colliery (British Coal) in the early 1990’s just prior to closure. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner collection.
Fig. 9: Rail remains and concrete base of the Silverhill Colliery Rapid Loading Bunker as part of the trails at Silverhill Woods, near Teversal, Nottinghamshire. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner
YouTube clip of archive footage from 1992 of some of the last coal trains loading up at the Silverhill Colliery Rapid Loading Bunker.