EMIAC 94: Industrial Heritage Day – Electricity from Coal – 19th May 2018.

In the 20th century, power stations along the River Trent were the backbone of the UK’s electricity supply.  They ran with remarkable thermal efficiency, 24 /7, burning locally mined coal, transported from the collieries in Merry Go Round (MGR’s) trains that could be loaded and unloaded without stopping.

Today all large deep coal mines have closed, the last one in the East Midlands, Thoresby Colliery, finishing production on 10th July 2015.  The few surviving power stations operate for a few hours a day to supply peak load in winter.  Friday, 21st April 2017 was the first coal-free day in the history of electric power generation in the UK, and it is expected that by 2025 there will be no more electricity from coal in the UK.

This Industrial Heritage Day, run by the Derbyshire Archaeological Society, will look at the history of electricity generation in the Trent Valley, from the first small scale local plants of the 1880’s to the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) giants of the 1960’s.

Date: Saturday 19th May 2018.

Venue: West Park Leisure Centre, Long Eaton, NG10 4AA.

Cost: £16 per person.

More details at: www.derbyshireas/events.html

Photo: Ratcliffe Power station at sunset – Ian Castledine.