An event celebrating the local mining heritage was held at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre in Eastwood on Sunday 27th May. Several organisations put on displays of mining memorabilia and some associated activities took place in the Green and Gold Room. John Stafford and David Amos did a session called “Having the Crack” which looked at pit humour and pit poetry. David Amos also gave a short presentation on the “Mubu Coalmining Project 2010-2012″ which looked at how coalmining was represented in the Heritage Centres, Museums and other establishments in the East Midlands. The second part of the project brought aspects of Digital and Social Media to this representation.
In all 64 people attended on a red hot sunny day in addition to 19 people who put on displays and activities. Special thanks to Kathleen Bartholomew for the Story Reading and Alan Taylor and friends for supplying the music. Also special thanks to Sue for supplying the buffet and to Liz Harvey from the Writing our History / Digging our Past initiative from the University of Nottingham who funded the buffet and advertising for the event.
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.