On Sunday 27th March the MuBu miner paid a visit to the Industrial Museum at Wollaton Hall near Nottingham. The museum is run by volunteer members of the Nottingham Arkwright Society and steaming days take place on the last Sunday of each month.
There are several items linked with the local mining industry including a 19th century horizontal winding engine and a Whim Gin. Whim Gins were early horse operated winding devices for winding the kibble up and down the shaft. The Whim Gin at the Industrial Museum used to be based at one of the old pits near Pinxton. Also on display is a scale model of the railways and collieries at Newstead and Annesley, the MuBu miners old stomping ground. The display used to be in the offices at Newstead Colliery and it is thought it was made by Walt Slaney, former Electrical Engineer at Newstead.
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.