As the proud Grand-Daughter of a Lancashire Miner who broke his back in the Maypole Pit in 1957, I want to document the living history of my mining heritage. By creating original songs inspired by and interwoven with the real oral testimonies of former miners, who were employed when the mines were closed.
To document their working lives, communities and more importantly their friendships.
This is an important legacy for the generations to come who don’t have a full understanding of the toll this type of work took both on the body and minds of the workers and their families. This includes the work/play balance and also the effects of the closing down of this important industry on the communities and the changes to the landscape. The project will be focusing on the importance of capturing their testimonies before they disappear making local history real and accessible..
Mines Memories And Music
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
Do you have mining stories from your time working down the pit that you'd like to share ?
Would you like to take part and be interviewed ?
let's take a seat on the bench and we'll have a chat x
Do you have any photos of the collieries you worked at ?
Please submit using the button below with the following information: Date of image, colliery, names of individuals and consent for images to be used on the website and added to the archives at Lancashire Mining Museum
Mining Families & Communities
Like the spokes on the wheel the mining community had many strong elements that kept the wheel turning.
Are you the wife or child of a miner who remembers how life & your community was ?
Were you part of the Colliery Brass Band ?
Did you sing in the choir (or just the shower) ?
A GREAT BIG THANKS FOR HAVING FAITH IN THE PROJECT GOES TO:
THE FIRE WITHIN - WIGAN