Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

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.

 

Comments

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    David Coleman December 13th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve performed my coal mining shows on many occasions at Durban house over the years. The older generation are sent back in time as it was their era. Tho coal mining is very recent history, I find that school children are very naive about the life of a miner and the community they lived. When I
    address children at Durban house I’m dressed like I’ve just done a shift down the pit, it is the first time they have seen a miner, you should see their faces. In my mind Durban house is a must for local
    Heritage. That’s all for now as it is snap time.

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    David Hind January 14th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I have visited both these sites and found them to be most interesting.However according to the Local Press,it appears that Durban House is under threat due to a funding crisis, so efforts should be made to preserve the exhibits held therein.

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    David February 19th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Hello David

    I think the future of the Durban House Heritage Centre was discussed towards the end of January with no decision being made. I’m not sure of the present situation regarding its future.

    During the period 11th – 20th March the Heritage Centre is hosting a National Science and Engineering week based around the subject of coal.
    As part of this on Sunday 20th March at 1pm I will be giving a presentation (around 40 minutes) titled “Gas in Coalmines. It is a short presentation which I have used in local schools to try and tell the pupils how dangerous gases were dealt with in a coalmine.

    Sorry for the late delay in replying. Still trying to get my head around all the IT stuff!

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    David February 19th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Hello David

    Have a look at yourself on You Tube. If you put a search in for Snap Tins you should see yourself telling the audience about snap tins at the events at Kirkby-in-Ashfield last summer. Are you available for the MuBu event at Newark Town Hall on 4th March 2011. If so give me a buzz or leave an e-mail.

    Best Wishes

 

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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.

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