Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands Blog

F is for Full Circle Project

Full Circle Project

Movie Archive for Central England (MACE) – Full Circle Project

The Full Circle Project is looking for old film or video footage to convert to a digital format.  The MuBu coalmining project is looking for any archive mining footage from the former East Midlands coalfields as part of the Full Circle Project. 

Already a couple of small clips of footage from Kirkby Summit Collieryin the 1960′s have come to light.  One clip shows an headstock wheel being changed whilst the other shows the Kirkby NUM Branch members carrying a coffin at the 1968 Notts NUM Gala.  The inscription on the side of the coffin reads – Kirkby Colliery – Murdered by NCB Promises.  The Kirkby Superpit project came to grief in 1968 with the closure of the pit, along with Langton and Brookhill,  during the demise of the industry in the Robens era.  Significant investment had been put into the superpit project and potential coal reserves were estimated at 70 years in 1963. 

Anyone interested party with any suitable mining footage should contact the MuBu miner on 01773 760030 0r 


E is for Eastwood Male Voice Choir

The Eastwood Male Voice Choir recently celebrated its 90th anniversary.  Formed in 1919 by a group of officials from the Barber and Walker Company, it is one of the few remaining original colliery male voice choirs in Britain.  Members now come from many walks of life although a few retired miners are still members. 

2010 saw the 25th anniversary of the last coalmine in Eastwood.  Moorgreen finished production in late July 1985 after 120 years of life. 

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D is for DH Lawrence Heritage – Eastwood

D is for DH Lawrence Heritage

The twin sites of the Birthplace Museum and Durban House Heritage Centre make up DH Lawrence Heritage in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

The Birthplace Museum depicts a late Victorian miners house, kitted out in similar fashion to how it was described in some of Lawrence’s novels.  The Heritage Centre has a small coalmining section upstairs.

The Blue Line Trail links up various Lawrence Heritage sites around Eastwood.  The MuBu Miner was a Heritage Assistant here from 2002 to 2005.

The sites are open Tuesday to Fridays midweek and on Sundays.  Winter hours are from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Small charge applys.


C is for Coleman – David

A – Z of Mining in the East Midlands – C is for Coleman

David Coleman from Underwood in Nottinghamshire keeps the mining culture of the area alive with his mining based shows.  David’s profession is a Historical Mining Entertainer and he perfoms his mining shows in the former coalfield regions.  A former miner and Rescue worker, David recites stories and poems with a coalmining based theme.  All benefits from Davids shows goes to a Childrens Charity. 

David can be contacted on 07783 323 479 or by e-mail on  


Union of Democratic Mineworkers – 25th anniversary

Uuion of Democratic Mineworkers – Silver Jubilee

The 6th December 2010 saw the anniversary of the formation of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM).  The Nottinghamshire based mining trade-union was formed in the aftermath of the 1984-85 miners strike and consisted of miners who defied the strike.  The federal based UDM consisted of the former Nottinghamshire Area (NUM), the former South Derbyshire Area (NUM) and the Colliery Trade and Allied Workers Union (CTAWA) based in the North-East coalfield around Durham and Northumberland.

The Certification Officer registered the UDM as an official trade union on 6th December 2010 following a vote to amalgamate by the three areas in October 1985.


About this Sponsor

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 was 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.