Previous posts and events from the East Midlands region
Book review on ‘The Rise and Fall of King Coal’ by Nick Pigott, a new hardback edition bringing the history of British coal mining right up to date. Published by Mortons Media Group.
Centenary steaming event for the former Linby Colliery steam winding engine at Papplewick Pumping Station on Sunday, 19th June 2022 from 11am to 3pm. Admission £5 per person, under 12’s free.
A late afternoon and early evening of pit poetry and prose, celebrating our local coal mining heritage and culture. Free event, part of the 2022 Nottingham Poetry Festival.
Coal in the Blood: A morning of poetry and short stories about local coalmining folklore at the Tin Hat Centre.
A morning of poetry and short stories of local coalmining folklore read by local poet Kath Bartholomew and local historian David Amos. Free event at The Tin Hat Centre, Selston, Nottinghamshire. All welcome.
Roger West presents at talk on the 1937 coalmining disaster at South Normanton Colliery at the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, Derbyshire, on 30th March 2022 at 7.00pm.
A proposed arts, heritage and cultural project by Mine2Minds Education creating a series of digital trails on former East Midlands colliery sites and the railway trackbeds which served them.
Historical Coalmining Entertainer, David Coleman, takes his unique one-man show to St Michaels Church, Underwood, Nottinghamshire, on Saturday 26th February 2022.
On Behalf of the People: 75th anniversary of the Nationalisation of the British coalmining industry – The East Midlands coalfield.
Blog on the East Midlands coalfield to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the nationalisation of the British coalmining industry.
On line talk via Zoom to the DH Lawrence Society of readings from the recently published ‘Coal in the Blood: An East Midlands Coal Mining Anthology’ edited by Natalie Braber and David Amos.
Coal in the Blood, An East Midlands Coal Mining Anthology, edited by Natalie Braber and David Amos. Includes works by John Harvey, Deborah Tyler Bennett and DH Lawrence, and pitmen poets from the region.
Gedling Colliery, in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield, closed thirty years ago in November 1991. Locally, it was known as the ‘Pit of Nations’ because of its very diverse workforce from the 1950’s onwards.
Book launch, music and poetry at The Pit Micro Pub, Newstead Village, Nottinghamshire on Tuesday evening, 23rd November 2021, starting at 7.30pm Tickets £8 per head with supper included.
Eastwood Hall has a long historical connection with the local coal mining industry and was the residence of the Walker family for a time in the 19th century, one half of Barber Walker Co, Ltd.
Free on line Coalmining Archives workshop organised by the Derbyshire Record Office on Wednesday 13th October 2021 (12.55pm – 4.00pm).
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.