Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

K is for the Kirkby Colliery Memorial

Kirkby Colliery was situated in the Nottinghamshire town of Kirkby-in-Ashfield.  It was sunk by the Butterley Company in 1890 and closed in 1968.  The closure was controversial as Kirkby had been planned to be a “Super Pit” project, joining Kirkby, Brookhill and Langton collieries together with all output surfacing at Kirkby.  There was a issue of tipping space (colliery spoil) which brought things to a head in 1968.

The memorial initially came about following a Millenium History Project on the pit  by Christine Kidger in 2000.  The colliery is affectionately known as “Summit” locally as the colliery was based on the summit of the railway and former tramway which runs between Pinxton and Mansfield.  It was a “big hitter” regularly producing over 1,000,000 tons of coal per annum.

 

 
 

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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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