Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

J is for the John King Museum – Pinxton

The John King Museum is based in the former mining village of Pinxton on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire borders near the town of Kirkby-in-Ashfield. 

It is a small but very compact museum with strong local coalmining links.  The museum is named after John King who invented the “detaching hook” in the 19th century.  The detaching hook is a device which prevents overwinding the cage into the headstocks.  A model of the detaching hook is displayed in the museum.  The museum is open from April to October each year on Sunday afternoons from 2pm – 4.30pm.  It is overseen by the South Normanton and Pinxton Local History Society.

Coalmining finished in Pinxton with the closure of Brookhill Colliery in 1969.  However, the nearby Bentinck Colliery remained in production as part of the Annesley-Bentinck Complex until January 2000.  Pinxton’s links with the deep mining industry continue as it is the HQ for Joy Mining Ltd.

   

 

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    David January 2nd, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The East Midlands Branch of the Railway and Canal Historical Society will be visiting the John King Museum as part of an Heritage Walk taking in the canal and railway remains around Pinxton. The walk commences from the Dog and Doublet PH at Pye Bridge on Thursday 15th March 2012 at 10.30 am. Total duration of the walk will be approx 3 hours, finishing at the Horse and Jockey PH , Selston around 1.30 pm. Visitors are welcome.

 

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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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