Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Q is for The Quadrangle – Newstead Colliery Village

The Quadrangle is made up of houses built in the early 1920′s that formed part of the “new village” at Newstead.  Sinking of the two shafts began in 1874 and coal was first won and sold in 1876.  Around 1875 the Newstead Colliery ”Old Village” was constructed. 

When the new village was completed in 1924 it provided additional accomodation for the miners at Newstead Colliery.  The Miners Welfare Club opened a year previous to the new village.  The Welfare Complex is now a centre for regeneration following the closure of the colliery in March 1987.

The new village used to be nicknamed “Wembley” by locals, this is because a design of one of the houses was exhibited at the Wembley British Empire Exhibition in the early 1920′s. 

Newstead Old Village c1985

 
 

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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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