Over the last three – four years many mining memorials, in the guise of half headstock wheels, have appeared in various East Derbyshire former mining communities. Most of these pit villages and towns lost their pits during the mass closure programme of the 1960′s. One of the memorials is situated at Loscoe whose last pit, Ormonde, closed in 1970. The closure of Ormonde brought deep coal-mining to an end in the Heanor region of Derbyshire.
The Losoce memorial is situated around halfway between Heanor and Codnor on the A6007. For a potted history on coalmining in this region see “A History of Mining in the Heanor Area” by the Heanor and District Local History Society (1993). Copies are usually available at the Shipley Park Visitor Centre near Heanor. Price £3.
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.