Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

John King Museum – Pinxton

Pinxton was once a very import coalmining area.  The Pinxton Coal Company was established in the 17th century and the link with deep coalmining continued until the closure of Annesley-Bentinck Colliery in January 2000.

The villages claim to fame in terms of mining is John King.  He invented the detaching hook on the cage which prevented overwinding the cage at the top of the shaft.  A museum dedicated to John King is situated in the village and opens during the summer on Sunday afternoons only from 2pm – 4.30pm.

The museum was the brainchild of the late Frank Smith -Mr Pinxton  – and is now operated by the Pinxton and South Normanton Local History Society.  Although the museum is small and is situated in a former workshop, there is a wealth of information inside, much of it with connections to the local coal industry.  Among the exhibits is a pair of British Coal Wellingtons once belonging to the MuBu miner.  Although they now come under the banner of mining memorabillia, the wellingtons saw no use in the coal industry but had plenty of use on the side of the River Trent!

The museum is well worth a visit for anyone interested in industry and transport in general.  The society have a Heritage Day at South Normanton on Saturday 25th September 2010 (1oam – 4pm).  Details to be posted on a future blog.

Model showing the King Detaching Hook        John King Information Board    The MuBu Miners' former Wellingtons!

The MuBu Miner

 

Comments

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    Jeremy Harte July 16th, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Hello,

    We have been given a school picture from Pinxton Board School 1899. Would you like it to be sent to your museum?

    Regards,

    Bourne hall museum.

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    David July 17th, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Unfortunately the John King Museum is no longer open. It closed around 3 years ago and the collection was dispersed around other local museums and heritage centre’s. The Pinxton and South Normanton Local History Society might be interested – Contact Margaret Brooksbank on (01773) 604 916.

 

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The MuBu Coalmining Project took place from April 2010 to the end of March 2012.  The remit was two-fold - firstly to see how the once vast coalmining industry in the East Midlands was represented in the Heritage sector and secondly to bring aspects of social media to that representation. The Coal mining project was funded by Renaissance East Midlands (REM) and the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) at the University of Nottingham. The Bursary holder was Dr. David Amos who completed a PhD on the 1984-85 Miners Strike in the Nottinghamshire Coalfield. David is an ex miner, having worked in the deep mining coal industry at Annesley Colliery for 24 years.

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