The MuBu miner visited the Snibston Discovery Museum for a second time on 19th August 2010. This visit centred on the colliery tour, a visit around the Mining Study Centre and a look around the Mining collection.
Luckily the Museum have had the forsight to save various amounts of mining documentation in the Study centre. This includes mining books, maps, documents, union minute books etc. Most mining documentation was lost when it was”skipped” when the pits closed in the 1980′s and 1990′s. Sometimes it was a matter of luck that various historical documents were saved e.g. the MuBu miner sent 3 Annesley Colliery signing on books and a fines book to the Nottinghamshire Archives. The large log books dated from 1904 through to the 1930′s. Hence I was extremely delighted to see that someone had the foresight to establish a Mining Study Centre.
The Colliery tours are really enjoyable and I toured with a group that included family members of all ages. The hour tour includes a look at various mining equipment in the pit yard, a presentation on gas in coal mines and how it was dealt with and a visit to the Explosives Magazine (The Powder Mag). One thing in common with the colliery tours at the National Mining Museum near Wakefield is the former miners who conduct the tours bring out the unique pit humour throughout the tour. This was known as having the “crack” at the pit.
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 is 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.