The 30th September 1991 saw the finish of production and subsequent closure of Cresswell Colliery. Geographically based in Derbyshire, the colliery came under the remit of the Nottinghamshire Area. Cresswell also came under the Notts wages league, this state of affairs dating back to 1926 and the influence of the “Nottingham Miners Industrial Union”, more commonly known as the Spencer Union after its founder, George Alfred Spencer.
The shafts at Cresswell were sunk in 1895-96 by the Bolsover Colliery Company. A “Model Village” followed which included an Institute, billiards room, reading room, library, smoking room, refreshment bar and lecture hall. Because of past closures around Cresswell it was not appreciated that in its final years it had to deal with more mine-water than coal! The colliery is now a pumping station dealing with mine-water mainly from the North Derbyshire coalfield.
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.