Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

S is for Snibston Colliery and Discovery Museum.

Snibston Colliery, locally known as Snibo,  is situated in the heart of the former Leicestershire coalfield in the town of Coalville.  The Colliery finished production in 1983 but remained in situ for receiving coal from Whitwick  and South Leicester Collieries until they both closed in 1986.  Snibston Colliery commenced production in 1832 and had links with the famous industrialist and Engineer, George Stephenson.

The Colliery Headstocks and buildings survived to become part of the Snibston Discovery Museum. Part of the Museum includes the excellent Colliery Tours conducted by former miners.  The tours describe vividly what life was like in coalmining and include visits to the colliery winding house, the control room, the Lampcabin and the Explosives Magazine. The Story of Coal and coalmining is told in the gallery part of the museum using interactive, hands on exhibits, audio visuals, mining artefacts and various exhibitions.

Deep coalmining finished in this part of the world when Bagworth Colliery turned its last coal in February 1991. The super-pit at Asfordby, part of the Vale of Belvoir Project, never really materialised, and it closed in 1997 after merely two-years of production.  The cost of this “White Elephant Project” was between half and three-quarters of a billion pounds to the British taxpayers. Surely the dearest coal ever in the history of coalmining!

 

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    steve August 18th, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Sadly Snibston discovery park is has also been shut down by NWL council another nail in the coffin for Coalville

 

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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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