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Paula Keenan - Looking for women willing to talk about the effort they put in to the miners strike.
David Rees Jones - Slaters Of Creswell, Im trying to find the book this information came from
Steve Priestley - Derbyshire Miners Camp, Winthorpe, Skegness, Lincolnshire
Kevin Pearce - I Need Some Information About This Rescue Helmet
Shimamori Hisako - I am reserching Mine Canaries. Are there any Rescue Stations I can Visit?
Ray Devlin - Where can I get a Mines Rescue Blazer Badge?
Vic Richards - What Is The Mystery Object?
Paul - Mining History - About When Did Galas Start?

From: Paula Keenan
Sent: 11 October 2010
Subject: Looking for women willing to talk about the effort they put in to the miners strike.


My name is Paula Keenan and I am doing some research for a short film about the impact of the loss of the mining industry in Wigan and Leigh and the surrounding areas. 

I was brought up on the coal board estate in Golborne, my dad work in the mines for a while and his dad died as a result of a mining accident.   I am working with a film maker who is an ex miner who was one of the last apprentices at Agecroft.  We are looking for women who would be willing to talk about the effort they put in to the miners strike.  We particularly need women to discuss what life was like being a wife and mother or girlfriend and how they managed.  We would love to hear from anyone who helped to collect food or money for the strikers. 

We don't want these memories to be lost forever.

We would like to hear from anyone who would consider being interviewed on camera for the project.  The project also involves some reminiscence work in the community.  Its aim is to reveal what life was like for miners and their families during the strike and how their lives have changed as a result of this.

Can you help me by putting me in contact with anyone who may be able to help me?


Paula Keenan


From: Steve Priestley
Sent: 18 July 2010
Subject: Derbyshire Miners Camp, Winthorpe, Lincolnshire


Just came across your site whilst doing some research. I was at Winthorpe yesterday and took a stroll down the front near the Derbyshire miner’s home. As a child we would come to the swimming pool at the camp which in the 60s was open to the public. I had many happy days at the pool but sadly I could find no sign of it yesterday. As far as I can remember it was almost on the sea front and was only separated from the beach by a glass panels? I can only assume the pool has now gone and replaced with the caravans/chalets which are adjacent to the home?

Just wondered if you could throw any more light on this and would appreciate any dates when it was last used and closed etc. Such happy memories!

Hope to hear from you Best wishes



From: Kevin Pearce
Sent: 16 June 2010
Subject: I Need Some Information About This Rescue Helmet

Dear Sir,

I am a conservation masters student currently studying at Durham University.

I have been given to work on the object opposite. It is from Beamish museum and is written up as a rescue helmet.

They do not have any background information on it.

I came across your web site and was interested to see the mining rescue equipment and wondered if you could shed any light on this object as to its date and function.

It seems to have wiring leading to two internal ear pieces and to what may have been a microphone attachment at the front.

Any help would be most welcome.

Kevin Pearce

From: Shimamori Hisako
Sent: 13 May 2010
Subject: I am reserching Mine Canaries

Dear Mr. Taylor

I am researching on culture concerning cage-birds, particularly canaries. I came across your web site searching for some materials or information on mine canaries, which has been my great interest for these several years.

I found your web site full of suggestion. My research theme this year is the facts and meaning of coal mine canaries.

Most people would think "A canary in a coal mine" dies in the line of duty, and that it is a kind of necessary evil to use canaries for gas detection.

I have found, however, very different phases of it, researching the materials of miner's side. Thanks to your site, I could hear the real voices of mine rescue people, including their view on mine canaries. I am planning to go to Britain this summer to look for some materials for this subject. I am thinking to visit some Coal Mine Museum like The National Coal mine Museum, Big Pit (National Coal Museum), and Cannock Chase Heritage Trail.

Pete Barton (Dick ), a full-time brigadesman from Chesterfield Rescue Station,
Chesterfield Rescue Station, 1980

I will be glad if you would kindly give me suggestions, e.g. where I should go or what I should read. And, I am wondering if I could see ex-rescue people who can tell me about mine canaries.

I am looking forward to your reply.
With best regards,

Hisako Shimamori (Mis)
     Associate Professor
     Yamazaki Gakuen University
      Tokyo Japan

Canaries at Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station

List of Stations Although very few are still open

From: Ray Devlin
Sent: 20 April 2010
Subject: Where can I get a Mines Rescue Blazer Badge?

My name is Ray Devlin. I was team captain of Haig Colliery Rescue Team 1962-77.

I would like to know where I can buy a Mines Rescue Service Blazer Badge.

Ray Devlin

I would try the UK's National Mining Memorabilia Association

From: Vic Richards
15 March 2010
What Is The Mystery Object?

Fionn help is required please this object needs identifying I have been told that it may be something to do with air flow in a mine it has been mounted any help would be appreciated.

Vic Richards

The above is a mining dial See Bob Bradley's 1849 page

Vic Richards - See Kent Coal Fields and Move The Miner Campaign


From: Paul
26 Jan 2010
Mining History - Galas

I was hoping you could help me. I am trying to find out some general history about mining galas held in Lancashire as Bold and Leigh and wherever else. About when they started and stopped etc. Do you have any ideas where I could find this information?
Thanks. Paul

You could try the miners' strike baby and artist Rachel Horne. She is also the founder of the 'Pin the Pits' heritage project and campaign.

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