Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Coalmining Representation in the Heritage Sector of the East Midlands

Family History Enquiry – The Annesley Colliery Disaster 1877

Paul Stamp recently contacted me via the “Our Nottinghamshire” Heritage Community Website making an enquiry into is family history.  His ancestor was Dr William Hodson Abbott who attended to some of the  victims from the 1877 Annesley Colliery disaster.  He lived in Annesley from the 1870′s to the 1900′s.

Seven men died in the 1877 disaster following an underground fire.  Three were killed in a valiant attempt to save the others.  The colliery had only been in production for ten years when the disaster occurred.  By the late 1990′s Annesley was the oldest operating colliery in Britain, the initial shaft sinking commencing in 1865. It finished production in late January 2000 as part of the Annesley-Bentinck Complex.

Several articles were sent to Paul Stamp to further his research into his family history.

1. A reprint of an article from the Nottingham and Midland Counties Express dated 28th June 1877.

2. An account of the disaster in “Annesley through the Ages” by Denis Pearson, (1995), pp . 169 – 172.

3. Article “The Annesley Disaster” by Alan “Doc” Griffin from the Notts Free Press local newspaper from 17th May 1968.

A memorial to the seven deceased miners exists in the churchyard at Annesley All Saints Church.

 
 

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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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