The History of Coal Mining in 10 Objects was originally part of an Arts and Humanities Research Council, Creative Economy Knowledge Exchange project, commissioned in 2013 and supported by the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Nottingham Trent University. The project explored new ways of engaging audiences with archival content and heritage sites.

The History of Coal Mining research team consisted of Historian Dr David Amos, Dr Sarah Badcock Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nottingham and Digital Producer Paul Fillingham.

The project pilots the use of digital technologies to engage former mineworkers, their families and the public. It explores the significance of ten selected objects and how they have contributed to the development of the coal industry and coal mining culture.

The ten objects;

  • Headstocks
  • Flame Safety Lamp
  • Union Banners
  • Cap Lamp
  • Motties
  • Self-Rescuer
  • Snap Tin
  • Pit Tips
  • Pit Pony
  • Coal

The study commenced in 2013 and came at a pivotal time in the history of the British coal industry with production reduced to three working collieries and many former mineworkers entering their twilight years.

The project was supported by a website, social media channels, print collateral and exhibition material. These assets continue to provide a focus for public engagement.