Alfreton and Jacksdale Local Heritage Groups recently put on an excellent Heritage Fair at Alfreton Leisure Centre in Derbyshire. Over forty local heritage and history organisations were represented at the Fair. All benefits from the well attended event went to a local charity. Many of the organisations included aspects of coalmining history in their presentations.
Gedling Colliery, based three-miles to the east of Nottingham, finished production on 8th November 1991. The colliery was sunk by the Digby Colliery Company from Giltbrook in 1901-02. In the 1930′s the Digby Company and the Bestwood Company merged to form BA Collieries Ltd. Following nationalisation in 1947 Gedling went into the the NCB East Midlands No.6 Area and subsequently into the NCB South Nottinghamshire Area from 1967.
From the early 1950′s to the late 1960′s Gedling was a “big hitter” and produced one-million tons of coal a year in this period. Maximum manpower of c2,500 was achieved in the 1950′s. In the post World War Two era Gedling became a receiving pit for many migrant miners from diverse locations around the world and became of this it became known as “the pit of all nations”.
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.