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Community Projects

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Lauren Murphy - Bradford Pit Memorial Project
Linda Cowan
- We are in the process of creating Townhill Mining Heritage Garden in Townhill Park, Townhill, Dunfermline
Melvyn Gardner - Bignall Hill

Lauren Murphy
28 Jul 2014
Bradford Pit Memorial Project

I have been running Bradford Pit memorial project for around two years now, a project which aims to remember Bradford Colliery Manchester and the people that worked there. I have recently been employed full time by Laing O’Rourke construction to work full time on the project in the aim to create a monument in dedication to the miners on the former pit’s site: Sportcity Etihad stadium.
Having seen on your website lots of different examples of mining memorials, I thought I would get in touch as I am currently researching and looking into the type of monument we would like and wondered if you could give me a few names of sculptors/designers who have dealt with anything like this?
I also noticed a while ago that a lady named Laura Briggs emailed in to you about our project and her uncle Edward who worked at Bradford pit and was crushed trying to save his pit ponies. If you could put me in contact with her I would really appreciate it – as her story has touched a lot of people and only reminds me of why our monument is so important.
Any help/advice you can give me would be much appreciated and hope to hear back soon,
Kind Regards,
Lauren Murphy
Regeneration and Community Coordinator
Laing O'Rourke Construction North
Bradford Pit Memorial Project Lead

Linda Cowan
4 Apr 2014
We are in the process of creating Townhill Mining Heritage Garden in Townhill Park, Townhill, Dunfermline

Dear Fionn,
We are in the process of creating Townhill Mining Heritage Garden in Townhill Park, Townhill, Dunfermline paying tribute to our miners.

The contractors have started work in the park, life size wooden carvings of mining children, a pit pony and a miner and his wife will be ready soon and we are in the process of putting images together for the seven A1 information panels in the Education through Play area. .
We are a community organisation and the garden will have free access for all.
The Titles for the Panels are : Children in the pits, The Dark Side of the Mines, Life of the Pit Ponies, Geology and Transportation, Education, Mining Life in Townhill and a Welcome panel including information on Townhill Colliery Muircockhall Colliery and the Bevin Boys.
I have attached the final plan for Phase one. (Phase two will be a timeline pathway snaking through the park where park visitors can walk in the footsteps of the miners throughout the years.)
Thank you, any help would be very much appreciated.
Kindest Regards

Bill McCulloch, Joe Miller, Councillor Willie Campbell and Councillor David Mogg with Poppy from Townhill Primary School Community Group doing the honours and cutting the first sod for the Townhill Mining Heritage Garden. 

Melvyn Gardner
23 January 2012
Bignall Hill

Had the opportunity to meet Brian Brown this last year you may know him through his art sculptures on Tyneside and around depicting the mines and miners.

Researching something totally unconnected and came across Frank Rileys email (Below) and data on Bignall Hill Explosion – very grateful to him for this background information – my connection – a relative contributing £1.0.0 to the relief fund. Strange world.

Many thanks

Brian Brown's memorial has been funded by Seaham Town Council, the AAP Neighbourhood budgets of five of the local Durham County Councillors and the North East Area Miners Social Welfare Trust Fund and manufactured by Dyer Engineering Limited of Annfield Plain.


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