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Previous posts and events from the East Midlands region

A Brief History of Annesley Colliery (1865 – 2000)

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.

Bagworth Colliery – 30th anniversary of Closure

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.

Pit Canaries: End of an Era

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: New Booklet

‘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.

When Ormonde Shuts

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’.

Miners Welfare Fishing Club Memories

Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015): Recalling days out match fishing in the 1970’s and 1980’s with the Miners Welfare Fishing Clubs.

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