The January 2012 illustrated talk for the East Midlands Branch of the Railway and Canal Historical Society will be at Beeston Library, near Nottingham, on Friday 6th January. The talk, titled “Canals and Rails to Pinxton” , will be given by David Amos, and gives a brief history of the Pinxton Canal, the former Midland Railway’s Erewash Valley Line and the former Great Northern Railway’s Branch from Awsworth Junction to Pinxton. The talk commences at 7 p.m. and visitors are welcome. There is a small charge and visitors can turn up on the night. The talk will have a strong coal theme as coalmining was once prolific in this part of the Derbyshire / Nottinghamshire border.
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.