Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coal mining Heritage at Swannington

 Coal Mining Heritage at the Swannington Railway Incline

The MuBu miner killed two birds with one stone on his visit to Coalville on 19th August 2010.  After visiting Snibston Colliery Heritage, he visited the famous incline at Swannington on the former Leicester and Swannington Railway.  The railway opened throughout by 1833 and opened up the coalfield around Coalville to the then town of Leicester.  This caused panic stations in the MuBu miners’ home town around Eastwood in Notts as it threatened the livelihood of the pits owners and miners, plus the canals in the Eastwood area, which took the coal to Leicester prior to the opening of the Swannington Railway.  They responded by agitating for their own railway which eventually materialised in 1847, the Erewash Valley line (Midland Railway Company).

A small mining garden, with mining memorials, is situated near to the incline.  One of the memorials id dedicated to the former Leicestershire miners leader, Jack Jones, who died in 1993. 

Enginehouse remains

 

Reinstalled track

Swannington Mining Memorial

Swannington Mining Memorial

 

The MuBu Miner
 
 

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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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