Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Tribute to Ted Bishop (1927 – 2011)

Ted Bishop, former Colliery Manager at Newstead (1964 – 1975) recently passed away following a short illness. Ted had that rare ability of being respected from all levels in the coalmining industry, from the workmen through to other members of NCB management. This great respect was reflected in a Service of Thanksgiving at St Wilfreds Church, Kirkby-in-Ashfield on 27th June 2011.

Ted’s first managerial post was at Cotes Park Colliery near Somercotes in the early 1960′s but it at his time as Manager at Newstead that most mining people remember Ted. Ted was actively involved at the pit, not only as manager but in all the social and welfare organisations which were attached to the industry. As a junior member of Newstead MW Angling Club, I remember Ted attended all the annual prize giving events held every April at Newstead Miners Welfare Institute.

After Newstead Ted went to the Vale of Belvoir Project, then known as the North-East Leicestershire Project. The end result of this ill fated project was the super pit at Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, which saw only two years of production in the 1990′s at an estimated cost of 0.5 to 0.75 billion pounds. Ted’s suggestion of developing the Belvoir Project from the then existing Cotgrave Colliery was not taken up and the better reserves of coal remain undeveloped to this day.

Even in retirement Ted was a champion for British deep mined coal, attending many of the protests during the coal crisis of 1992 – 1994. Ted’s passing sees the end of another one of the old school of NCB South Notts management, the like of which we are not likely to see again. Ted was a man of common sense and logic, qualities rarely seen in many aspects of management these days. For me it was a privilege to have known Ted, especially in recent years at the “miner’s reunions” each Christmas at my sisters house near to where Ted lived at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Notts. Ted leaves one son (Simon) and two daughters (Jane and Ruth).

 
 

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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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