Esmée Fairbairn Mining Heritage Project
This year we’ve been fortunate to receive a grant from the Museums Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund which seeks to connect audiences with collections. We were awarded £78,850 to work with younger and older residents across the borough to explore the area’s mining heritage.
The two-year intergenerational project will work with participants in three ex-mining communities: Denaby Main, Hatfield and Stainforth and Woodlands. Together these areas tell the story of the area’s mining history, from the sinking of the deep pits in the area in the early 20th century to the present day.
The project will provide opportunities for participants to gain new skills and qualifications, meet new people and explore Heritage Doncaster’s mining collections, shedding new light on these objects based on their own experiences.
Younger participants will record oral histories with ex-miners and their families, and both older and younger people will work together to curate exhibitions to be displayed at Cusworth Hall and in various locations across the borough.
The project involves local partners in all three areas, including EPIC, Woodlands Speaks and the Well Doncaster Project based in Denaby. Students from Doncaster College and Doncaster University Centre will help people to develop research, photography and creative writing skills.
The National Mining Museum for England, based in Wakefield, and the University of Leeds will also support participants in gaining new skills, and exploring collections.
If you would like to find out more about this project and get involved, contact Ruth at Doncaster Museum.