Mine’s a Story is an exciting new creative heritage project exploring the human stories of living in a mining area.
The project is being run by Skippko, the Leeds-based community arts company, and Rothwell and District Live at Home Scheme, who support older people in Rothwell and the surrounding area.
During creative workshop sessions in Rothwell we will be collecting personal memories as well as photographs and writings from people who remember the area when the mines (pits) were open. The older people taking part will be able to work with community artists (no artistic skill required!) to create a banner in the style of the old Miners’ and Trades Unions’ banners.
The banner will tell the story as told by the people contributing to the project and it is intended that on completion it will be hung in a community venue for everyone to enjoy.
The first part of the project will be older people coming together to share their stories and explore their heritage. We will ask questions such as how did mining affect family life? What were people’s daily lives like? What was the role of women in the mining community? What makes Rothwell distinctive? How did the pit closures affect the community? The second part of the project will be intergenerational sessions with school children where they can learn first hand through older peoples’ real life stories and bring their heritage to life.
This blog will tell the story of the project, in pictures and text, and we are hoping that lots of people will want to contribute.
So feel free to look around, add comments and send us your pictures and stories about the pits in Rothwell.
(The photo above shows detail from a banner in the People’s History Museum in Manchester.)