Previous posts and events from the East Midlands region
From the Pits to Paris: Free Exhibition of the artwork of George Bissill (1896-1973), Derbyshire’s Forgotten Pitman Painter, at the Erewash Museum, Ilkeston from 2nd September to 19th November 2021.
Free on line workshop on Friday morning, 16th July 2021, as part of the coal mining heritage project ‘Mine-Craft the Prequel: The Photographic Story of East Midlands Coal’.
A brief account of the colliery’s intriguing 135 year old history (1865-2000). Known locally as being as a ‘Family Pit’, it was the last deep mine to operate in the NCB South Nottinghamshire Area.
End of an Era for Leicestershire Coal Mining – Bagworth Colliery closure 30 years on. Production at the last deep coal mine in the north west Leicestershire coalfield finished in February 1991.
Proposed coal mining arts and cultural project based on the coal mining memorials and monuments in the East Midlands at Bilsthorpe, Eastwood, Heanor, Coalville and Church Gresley.
Twenty-Fifth anniversary of the end of a proud coal mining tradition, the end for pit canaries. Traditionally used for testing for whitedamp (CO) and blackdamp, they were replaced by the ‘electronic canary’.
‘Banners and Beyond’ considers how Notts’ mining communities found expression in union banners at galas, public events and demonstrations, and how this art-form is still used in the post-industrial age.
Watnall Colliery, sunk by the Barber Walker Company and known locally as ‘Watna’, finished production on 23rd December 1950.
Commemoration Blog about Ormonde Colliery, the last Derbyshire pit in the Erewash Valley, which closed fifty-years ago on 25th September 1970 marking the ‘End of an Era’.
Blog commemorating the seventieth anniversary of the tragic underground accident at Creswell Colliery which occurred on 26th September 1950.
Closure of the Pye Hill Complex on 9th August 1985 ends deep coal mining in western Nottinghamshire.
Blog commemorating thirty-five years since the last Eastwood pit, Nottinghamshire, closed – Those Coal Town Days!
An industrial heritage walk looking into aspects of Kirkby-in-Ashfield’s coalmining and railways past.
A glance at remaining mining records and documentation for Shirland Colliery, North Derbyshire, fifty-five years after its closure.
Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015): Recalling days out match fishing in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the Miners Welfare Fishing Clubs.
April 1990 saw the end of deep coal mining in the South Derbyshire Coalfield with the closure of the Donisthorpe / Rawdon Complex.
Spring 2020 sees the Bicentenary of the sinking of Portland No.1 Colliery in Nottinghamshire.
VR gallery brings Coal, Community and Change exhibition into the home
Blue Plaque memorial for Pinxton miner John King, inventor of mine safety device
Hucknall Heritage Society, presentation on the Wadsworth Coalmines, Ohio, USA. Monday 13th Jan 2020
Pitmen Poets, Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 20th October 2019
Illustrated Talk about the Male Voice Choir (1919-2019) to Eastwood Historical Society: 16th October 2019 – 7.30pm.
Illustrated Talk by Ian Revill, Retired Assistant Colliery Surveyor on Tues eve 8th October 2019 – Foresters Arms, Newthorpe, Notts.
Digging Deep: Miners of African Caribbean Heritage Exhibition, National Coal Mining Museum, England, until Jan 2020
Songs and Rhymes from the Mines as part of the 2019 North Notts Literary Festival on Saturday 14th September 2019 (2pm-4pm). Free Event.