A is for Annesley Colliery Boys Register – 1890′s
Recently a former Bentinck Colliery miner brought in various items of mining memorabillia to Selstonia Heritage. Among the items was a Register from Annesley Colliery which showed boys under 16 signed on at the colliery in the 1890′s.
Among the pits lads signed on was a John W Sturman, a relative of Jack Sturman who worked at Annesley. The MuBu miner was brought up in the same village and went to school with Jacks son, Richard Sturman.
Amazingly a picture of John W Sturman turned up in the family archives. The picture of young John was apparently on his first day at the pit, the entry in the register showed he was 13 years old and commenced employment at Annesley on 18th May 1896. John W Sturman was Richard’s Grandad.
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.