A History of Coal Mining in 10 Objects – Update

About the project

Coal Mining Website displayed on iPad screen

‘A History of Coal Mining in 10 Objects’ explores the significance of various iconic mining objects; how they relate to the development of mechanised mining and how they have impacted upon Nottinghamshire communities. The study comes at a pivotal time in the industry when UK Coal’s production capability is reduced to just three working collieries and many former mineworkers are now entering their twilight years.

The project is jointly spearheaded by Dr David Amos, a mining historian and former mineworker, and Paul Fillingham a miner’s son and digital producer. Both share a connection with local coal mining communities in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and have experience of developing heritage projects and cultural trails.

Responsive design works on mobile devices
Website adapts to mobile devices and other displays.

The website for ‘A History of Coal Mining in 10 Objects’ www.miningheritage.co.uk has been designed to adapt to mobile tablets and smartphones and incorporates picture galleries that scale beautifully on PC, connected TV and double-density displays that are typically found in WiFi-enabled coffee shops. The website also contains embedded video clips with the prospect of additional audio archive material being added before the end of the pilot project.

The website is augmented by a range of social media pages that encourage the submission of user-generated content and help publicise a busy schedule of community events where the project team engage with former miners, their families and members of the public. Social media pages are also used to announce the publication of fresh content on the main website.

Community Engagement

Mining heritage event at Bestwood Winding House Museum.
Mining heritage event at Bestwood Winding House Museum.

Community engagement has helped build an archive of mining artefacts related to the project. Photographs from private collections presented by members of the public at these events are being digitised and conversation often reveals further themes for investigation. Some important historical documents have also been donated to the University of Nottingham Archives, these include direct references to Arthur Lawrence, the father of working-class novelist D.H. Lawrence.

Facebook page showing inaugural meeting of Mining Banner Trust.
Facebook page showing inaugural meeting of Mining Banner Trust.

Union Banners

One of our successes has been the discovery of fourteen union banners and other artefacts at the former NUM Headquarters near Mansfield. The union banners have been digitised and can be viewed as an image gallery on the mining heritage website which discusses their history and  iconography.

Mansfield Colliery Union Banner
Mansfield Colliery Union Banner

The issues surrounding the preservation and restoration of the  banners has since been raised with union representatives, heritage groups, the University of Nottingham, Mansfield District Council, Mansfield Museum and Alan Meale MP.  As a result, a trust has been established to ensure these important objects can be cared for and eventually loaned out to the communities they represent.

Website: www.miningheritage.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/miningheritage/
Flickr: www.flickr.com/groups/miningheritage/
Twitter www.twitter.com/miningheritage/


About paulfillingham

Paul Fillingham is a creative technologist working in the field of web and mobile/social app development. Paul began his career as a software trainer and worked as an art director in several advertising agencies. He has directed many successful projects for commercial and cultural organisations. In 2011, he formed thinkamigo - an independent digital media company, collaborating with production partners to develop rich media experiences through the use of technology.

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