Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

A is for the Annesley Colliery Boys Register – 1890′s

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.

 

Comments

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    Richard Sturman April 5th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Great to see the photo saved for all to see on the web page

    I will direct all interested parties to the page

    PS the photo is actually my Grandad’s oldest brother

    Thanks again for keeping his memory alive

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    David April 10th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Richard, also in the signing on book were cricketers Fred Barratt and Joe Hardstaff Senior. Both played for Notts CCC and started work at Annesley Colliery as 13 year old lads. Perhaps you could do a “mining family tree” which I have done for our family. I remember your Dad finished off at Annesley in the workwear which was situated in the old bike shed.

    My step mums Grandad is also in the signing on book. Her maiden name was Morley. I know Royce Morley still lives in Annesley Rows, therefore there has been members of the Morley family living in The Rows for at least 120 years.

    Best Wishes

    David Amos

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    David January 2nd, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    At the Alfreton Heritage Fair in late October 2011 I had an enquiry from a lady who was conducting her family history. She was enquiring about Willis Allen, who lost a leg in an accident at Annesley Colliery in 1911. Because the signing books and other documents had been saved and reference copies made, it was possible to find some information about Willis Allen. He appeared in the Boy’s register as a 13 year old on 24th April 1905, his occupation being a Driver (this would probably be a Pony Driver underground).

    Although no details of the accident could be found he later appeared in the signing on books as a Fan Man in the surface book between 1925 and 1927. A Fan man looked after the readings from the main surface Fan.

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    Mrs Wendy Stocks July 15th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    This is a photo of my young Grandfather and it was very moving to see it on here…
    John William (known as Jack) did not spend all his career down the pit – he had a very successful milk delivery business.

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    David April 20th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Hello Wendy – I got the photo from Paulette Sturman at the Tin Hat Centre who was doing some family history on the Sturman family. When I lived at Nuncargate as a child, Paulette’s husband, Richard, was in the same year as me at Kirkby Woodhouse School. I also knew Richards Dad, Jack, who worked at Annesley Colliery – last off he was in the Workwear Dept (the orange workwear of the 1980′s) which was situated in the old bike shed.

 

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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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