Dealing with the past: Coal Community and Change (1965-2015)
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Dealing with the past: Coal Community and Change (1965-2015) is a touring exhibition curated by Natalie Braber, David Amos and Paul Fillingham. Financed by Nottingham Trent University’s Global Heritage Fund, the exhibition looks at coal mining culture in the East Midlands.

Here is a selection of eight pictures from the exhibition - please tell us about your experience of life in these communities and what these images mean to you?

Pit Ponies emerge from Shirebrook colliery 1970
Pit ponies worked underground until the 1970s. How do you think they felt coming out of the mine to the surface?
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Miners' housing 1960s
Housing for mining families improved in the 1950’s and 1960’s. What are your memories of the decor and appliances from this time?
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Mining families at Edwinstowe station 1972
Pit holidays were important to mining communities. What are your memories of communal trips to the seaside?
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Notts Miners' Coal Queen 1975
Coal queens were an iconic part of mining culture. What are your thoughts about women as coal queens?
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Last day at Sutton Colliery 1989
The coal industry was a huge employer for many decades in the UK. Tell us about any family connections you have to the industry?
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Demolition of Ollerton colliery headstocks 1994
Winding wheels and coal tips were once a familiar sight across many parts of the UK. What are your memories of this industrial landscape?
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Yorkshire pickets at Bilsthorpe colliery on the first day of the 1984 miners’ strike
In the 1970s and 80s, mining communities became the focus for strikes and protest. What is your experience of this period and do you think these communities will ever recover from all of the strikes?
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Clipstone colliery headstocks and power pylon, early 1990s
After three decades of pit closures, the living memory of a way of life is disappearing. What coal mining legacy is left near you?
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Have you visited the Coal Community and Change (1965-2015) touring exhibition?
Can we contact you about future mining heritage events?
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