Pit Sense is a two-year project, giving different generations the opportunity to work together to explore Doncaster’s mining heritage. The project is run by Heritage Doncaster and funded by the Museum Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.
We are focusing on three ex-mining communities: Denaby Main, Woodlands and Hatfield/Stainforth. Together, these places tell the stories of the pits from the first sinking of the shafts, through to their closure.
With the support of local partners, we are running workshops in libraries, schools, places of worship and other community hubs to bring people together around local mining history and the way it has shaped lives and landscapes today.
Participants will have chance to develop new skills and confidence in research, interpretation and the creative arts. They will uncover Heritage Doncaster’s collection of mining objects, images and documents, and use these to inspire a series of exhibitions in late 2019.
We’re looking for groups to work with us, as well as ex-miners and family members who can share their stories and experiences. Please get in touch if you would like more information.