Conference: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015) Nottingham Trent University, 12th September 2019.
Title: Conference: Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015).
Description: Day Conference as a finale event for the Coal, Community and Change project to look at findings and responses to the travelling exhibition which toured from March – September 2019. The exhibition visited Mansfield Museum, Chesterfield Museum, Harworth and Bircotes Town Hall, National Coalmining Museum for England and Conkers Discovery Centre. The exhibition was devised and put together by Natalie Braber and David Amos (Coal and Dialect initiative at Nottingham Trent) and Paul Fillingham, Digital Producer at Thinkamigo. Graham Black from Nottingham Trent acted as advisor to the Project. It was funded by the Global Heritage Fund at Nottingham Trent University.
Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015) – Conkers Discovery Centre: on until 6th September 2019.
Title: Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015).
Description: Travelling exhibition looking at changes in the Coalfields of the East Midlands over half a century through a set of iconic images. Visitors are encouraged to leave their comments and vote for their favourite coalmining image. The Project is funded by the Global Heritage Research Fund at Nottingham Trent University.
Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015) – Harworth and Bircotes Town Hall, May 2019.
Event:Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015).
A look at East Midlands coalmining over a 50 years period with the aim to capture public opinion on the role of the industry during that era. The travelling exhibition features a selection of iconic coalmining photographs in various themes: Introduction, Context, Coalmining Communities, Women in Coalmining, Unity is Strength?, Rationalisation and Closures and Legacies of East Midlands Coalmining. Visitors are encouraged to leave their comments after viewing the exhibition – a ballot box, postcards and post-its form part of the exhibition. Following the visit to Harworth and Bircotes, the exhibition moves on to the National Coalmining Museum for England during June 2019.
Dates: 2nd May to 30th May 2019 (see poster below for opening times).
Venue: Harworth and Bircotes Town Hall, Scrooby Road, Harworth, DN11 8JP.
Cost: FREE EVENT.
Event Organiser: Nottingham Trent University – The Exhibition is funded by the Global Heritage Research Fund.
Further Details: From Natalie Braber (NTU) at Tel: (0115) 8484 3011 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015).
Photo above: Sherwood Colliery miners voting in a pit head ballot in the 1970’s.
Event Title: Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015)
Event Details: A travelling exhibition with iconic images of East Midlands coalmining over a 50 years period from 1965 to 2015. Visitors are encouraged to leave their comments after viewing the exhibition, the aim being to gauge public opinion of the role of East Midlands coalmining within living memory. Voting cards, post its and a ballot box form part of the exhibition.
Dates: 4th April to 27th April 2019 – Museum open Tuesday to Saturday (10am – 5pm)
Venue: Chesterfield Museum, St Marys Gate, Chesterfield, S41 7TD.
FREE EVENT – funded by the Global Heritage Research Fund at Nottingham Trent University.
Event Organiser: Nottingham Trent University.
Further Details: Natalie Braber (Nottingham Trent University) on (0115) 848 3011 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo above: Three Warsop Main miners contemplating their future in 1965.
Digging Deeper: The Women of Nottinghamshire’s Coalfield.
Event Title: The Women of Nottinghamshire’s Coalfield.
Event Details: An afternoon of talks and discussion with historians Norma Gregory and Natalie Thomlinson. Find out about research into the experiences of women and men in Nottinghamshire’s coalfield. Share your stories and photographs of life in the coalfield.
Tickets are now available on 07900 571737 and we will have some locally in the next few weeks. There will be limited seats so get in there asap. We want to thanks Newark and Sherwood District Council for funding the play and also Alan and all his volunteers and actors for putting this together.
Under the Headstocks Community Drama Group are well into rehearsals for their forthcoming production, ‘Who Killed Edwina Beer.’ The piece was written by local writer, Alan Dawson. Dawson worked at Clipstone Colliery as a coal face worker 1977 -1993 and lived locally at Garibaldi and Forest Town. ‘Who Killed Edwina Beer’ has been commissioned by Clipstone Colliery Regeneration Group and will be performed in Mansfield at the Black Bull Woodhouse Road on the 22nd – 23rd March at 7.45pm with a matinee in Clipstone Welfare Hall on Saturday 23rd March at 2pm. The drama is set in and around Clipstone during the 1980s and 2022 when Stags are playing in the Champion’s league!
During the decadent 80s young miners began to look at life differently from the older generation and this caused problems in the village. However they all come together when tragedy struck and three young miners were trapped underground at Clipstone Colliery after a roof fall. Fast forward to 2022 – the village must pull together again as Butch Mining want to mine the mineral from the land around Vicar Water. Is there enough community spirit to pull the village through and thwart the mining giants?
Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015).
Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015)
The coal industry, once a main employer in the East Midlands, has a long and proud association with the arts and this travelling exhibition aims to deal with the contested memories of coalmining in the region through a selection of iconic photographs. It is an important topic as the East Midlands region was a particular focus of attention during the fifty-years covered by the Exhibition; from being ‘Roben’s Promised Land’ in the 1960’s, to the strikes and upheavals in the 1970’s, the controversy surrounding the role of East Midlands working-miners in the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike and finally to the closure of the final East Midlands colliery in 2015.
The Exhibition opens to the public at Mansfield Museum on Saturday 9th March running until 30th March 2019. The Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm. The Exhibition is free to attend and the public will be encouraged to leave their comments on the role coal has played in the region and the legacy it has left behind.
Following Mansfield, the exhibition then moves on to Chesterfield Museum, opening there on 4th April running until 27th April 2019. Other venues the Exhibition will be visiting include Harworth Town Hall (Bircotes), the National Coalmining Museum for England and Conkers Discovery Centre. A post exhibition Day Conference is planned to take place at Nottingham Contemporary in late September 2019.
Funded by the Global Heritage Research Fund at Nottingham Trent University, it aims to cover different important aspects of coal mining in the region during a time of rapid change. These include coal communities and change, the role of women in coal mining, the impact of closures and rationalisation, strikes and industrial action and legacies of the industry in today’s society.
Special thanks go to the Coal Authority and Chad Newspaper for permissions to use the iconic coalmining images for the Exhibition.
Further information: From Natalie Braber (Nottingham Trent University) on (0115) 848 3011 or by e-mail at email@example.com