Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Miners Welfares – the end of the road?

The Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser recently reported the closure of Kimberley Miners Welfare after 86 years. Like the many pub closures now taking place are we currently witnessing the end of a traditional way of life following the rapid decline of the coal industry since the late 1950′s? Miners Welfares or “Stuets” (short for Institute) were initially founded as meeting places for the sports clubs associated with the deep mining coal industry. From 1952 the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) overtook the running of the Miners Welfares.

In recent times former Miners Welfare haunts of the MuBu miner have closed at Annesley and Newstead. Radio Nottingham recently reported the demolition of the former Ollerton and Bevercotes Miners Welfare based in Ollerton Village. Former miners welfares remain locally at Greasley (nr Eastwood), Jacksdale, Summit (East Kirkby), Heanor, Underwood and Bentinck. The former Teversal Miners Welfare is called Teversal Grange.

What other Miners Welfare Clubs remain in the East Midlands? Have you any special memories of times spent at the Welfares?

 

Comments

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    David July 14th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Does anyone know what is to become of the former Miners Welfare Institute at Annesley on the A611 , on the Mansfield route not far from Junction 27 of the M1?

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    John October 12th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Spent many a happy soul night at the old Annesley Welfare,just seen the pictures of abject dereliction on 28 days later and it broke my heart.The old dancefloor strewn with rubbish and broken ceiling tiles etc,where the lights flashed,music reverberated,and the floor bounced to the feet of eager dancers every month.So very,very sad.The 28 days later tag is coming true,soon there will be nothing left to enjoy,what little there is,working people (remember them?) will not be able to afford it.I thought I would be an old man indeed before the day and age we now inhabit came upon us.I was very wrong it seems.

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    David April 20th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Not sure what is happening with the Miners Welfare at Annesley. It has been shut now for over 5 years and by all accounts although the buildings apparently belong to the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) the land belongs to the Chaworth-Musters Estates and was on a lease for Annesley miners recreation. If it was a 99 year lease I suspect it could terminate in 2019.

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    bob January 11th, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    David is there proof of this lease enywhere??

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    David January 19th, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    There should be, probably with the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO)

 

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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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