Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

The 2011 East Midlands Oral History Day – 6th July

The Annual Conference of the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) took place at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 6th July 2011. The theme for the 2011 Conference was interviewing.

As part of the Agenda the MuBu miner made a presentation titled “Proceed with Caution – Representing the 25th anniversary of the 1984-85 Miners Strike in Oral History”. The presentation centred on the various issues that the Selstonia Living Heritage Project (SLHP) had to deal with in its portrayal of the dispute. The issue is still contoversial 27 years on, especially so in the former East Midlands coalfield regions where the majority of miners worked through the strike.

The SLHP eventually settled on doing a pre-recorded community radio broadcast (on Radio Salistune) based on the various oral interviews taken as part of the Project’s remit. Emphasis was placed on trying to get as balanced a view as possible with a remit of including all peoples memories from the time of the strike and not just the miners involved. The radio programme was broadcast on 1st April 2009.

 
 

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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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