Miners' Memorial Garden

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

Miners' Memorial Garden opens

The Museum opened their Miners' Memorial Garden on Sunday 15th November 2015. It was a very moving dedication with many people coming to pay their respects and see the new Garden. The Museum were delighted to have several invited speakers including Keepmoat Homes who sponsored the dedication event, Tony Banks from Lofthouse Colliery / Mines Rescue and Stephen Broadbent the garden's sculptor. Andrea Lohmann read out the first dedications that have been made.

For more info about our event sponsor click here >> Keepmoat Homes  

Here are a small selection of dedications:

  • "The miners of Hatfield, Thoresby and Kellingley, Our last pits in 2015"
  • "John Ecob, 1912-2011, 50 Years a miner"
  • "Six Generations, Banks Family & Hopwood Family, 1820-2004"
  • "Remembering Lives Lost For the Nation’s Coal, Featherstone Town Council"
  • "Coventry Paton, Born 1921, Died 1998, Coal Warrior, Newmarket Pit"

The Garden will celebrate and commemmorate the lives of those who were part of the industry, including the close-knit families and communities who supported the miners.

The Museum is inviting mining communities to become a part of the artwork 'Lives Lived, Lives Lost' which will hold personal coal mining memories in the form of symbolic glass checks, held within a steel installation.

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Unique sculpture

The installation will stand in the heart of the Garden and has been designed by popular public artist Stephen Broadbent; the sculpture stands nearly 3 metres high, curving around into a sweeping arc. The individually handcrafted glass checks are created using layers of glass which are then brought together and kiln-formed, fusing selected personalised text on to the check and creating a unique and lasting memory for years to come.

The Memorial Garden has been built within an open grassed area at the Museum's Hope Pit. The garden has been designed as a place for quiet contemplation and reflection, allowing visitors to share their memories of what coal mining has meant to individuals, families and the local area over many generations.

Lives Lived Lives Lost

The sculpture's concept centres around a semi-circular, weathering steel 'screen'. The screen is designed to suggest a seam of coal pierced by the workings of a mine. Channels are cut to represent shafts and levels, into which visitors can place coloured glass checks; to honour relatives or friends who worked in the mines. The undulating shape of the screen serves to lighten the overall impression. The use of coloured glass reflects the character and life of all those connected with the industry. Each coloured check contains the name of a miner, the name of a colliery and a date. The screen, when filled will resemble a stained glass window.


Click the link to find out how to donate and create a unique and memorable tribute to a loved one. 


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