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Claire Waterhouse - Looking For a 1985 Babbington Colliery Commemorative Plate
Chris Kidger - Looking For Commemorative plates for Linby Colliery
Michelle Abadie - We want contributions to our new book '8000 Years of Wisdom'
Alex Welch - Maurice Sochachewsky painted many miners including the 'Miner and Child'
Edward Morris - St Helens Mining Monument by Tom Dagnall

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Claire Waterhouse
18 February 2009
Looking For a 1985 Babbington Colliery Commemorative Plate

I am trying to track down a 1985 Babbington Colliery (where my father worked) commemorative plate that he was given, and that he has also just broken.

How on earth do I go about this?

Can you help me?

Claire Waterhouse


Chris Kidger
08 October 2008
Looking For Commemorative plates for Linby Colliery

Hello Fionn, Could you please put a query on your web pages for me?

I have a friend whose husband is pictured on the commemorative plate for Linby Colliery and she has tried everywhere to buy one, without success. She would dearly love to buy him one. Thanking you in anticipation.

Chris Kidger


Edward Morris
03 October 2006
St Helens Mining Monument by Tom Dagnall
I am writing a book on public sculpture in Cheshire and Merseyside for Liverpool Universty Press and would be very grateful for any information on this monument - particularly the history of the commission.
Many thanks.
Edward Morris

Alex Welch
07 December 2006
Maurice Sochachewsky


Just wondering if you had any art or information about an artist called Maurice Sochachewsky, he visited Talywain in the 30's and painted many miners. One in particular is called 'Miner and Child’; the man in the painting was called Ivor Clark who died 3 days after the painting was finished, in a mining accident.

If you have any other information (or even if you have heard of him!) or this artist I would be most interested, a long shot really, but I am struggling to find out anything else about him.

Thanks (in advance!)
Alex Welch

From: Tony -
Sent: 11 June 2011

Alex Welch's query is several years old, but the Miner and Child painting and several other Welsh miner paintings were featured in Weekly Illustrated (14 May 2011 p13).
I can send a photo if it's still wanted.

Best wishes

From: Bruce Laird
Sent: 2 Feb 2010

In December 2006 Alex Welch asked on your website about this artist who, he said, had painted miners in Wales.
All I know is that he illustrated two books by a journalist and writer Theo Lang. The first was called "Cross Country” and it was on my parents bookshelf. I read it about sixty years ago. It has always remained in my memory and with difficulty I have borrowed it from the public library system.
The book describes a journey mainly on foot from Lands End to John O'Groats but there is a lengthy diversion into Wales and there are drawing of miners.
The second book is called “Highroad from Paris” and I have not yet seen it, but I intend to try and get hold of a copy. The drawings in “Coast to Coast” are intriguing.

Both books were published just after the Second World War.
Bruce Laird

From: Grant Waters
Sent: 06 December 2007

AW was asking about an artist Maurice Sochachewsky, who painted South Wales miners in the 1940s. I have info about him and indeed I own a large painting 'Miner and Child' by Sochachewsky. I don't have access to Alex's email address to send him the info he was seeking. Can you help? You are welcome to send my address to him.

Many thanks.

Grant Waters

From: Eileen Hauptman
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009

I am wondering if you can help? I have just been introduced to your website and have seen the following.
An email from Grant Waters dated 6 December 2007 in response to an email of the
7 December 2006 from Alex Walsh regarding the above artist? Would you or anyone have more information about this artist's life and works. If the aforementioned are willing to share information I would be most grateful.  Please feel free to give them my email address.
I am most interested.
Thank you so much
Eileen Hauptman

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Michelle Abadie []
9 July 2007
We want contributions to our new book '8000 Years of Wisdom'

I wonder if you can help.

A colleague and I are currently working on a new book entitled '8000 Years of Wisdom', a compilation of the memories and anecdotes from 100 octogenarians. A percentage of the royalties will go the Royal Hospital Chelsea's appeal fund.

We are seeking anyone who is 79 – 89 years old, from all walks of life, both within the UK and from overseas, who are willing to share their memories and wisdom in this lasting way. Contributors are also being asked for their thoughts on advice for today's younger generation.

We would very much like to represent the miners. We have Warwick Taylor (the Bevin Boys Association vice president) but we would love to represent one or two others from different parts of the country - it would be great for them to tell their story.

Very best wishes

Michelle Abadie

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