The Mines Rescue Team from Mansfield Woodhouse recently attended the tragic mining disaster at the Gleision Drift Mine, situated in the Neath Valley near Swansea. Mines Rescue Ltd, based at Leeming Street in Mansfield Woodhouse, travelled to the site of the Gleision Mine on the morning of the accident on 15th September 2011. They provided extra support to the local rescue teams trying to free the four trapped miners. However, the operation ended in vain when the bodies of the four miners were discovered the next day. A further fatality in coal mining occurred later in the same month when a miner was killed at Kellingley Colliery in the Yorkshire coalfield. Even in its death throws the coal industry gave us a stark reminder of the “price of coal”.
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.