Exhibition Vesting Day

Exhibition Vesting Day

Monday 3rd April 2017

Guests & the general public were invited to visit the Museum on the 3rd April to take part in the Exhibition Vesting Day. There was a short ceremony to open the exhibition ‘By the People, For the People’ to the public. We wanted to bring together all the people in our community who were involved in contributing towards the exhibition. 

1st January 1947 or Vesting Day marked the creation of the National Coal Board (NCB) and the nationalisation of the Coal Industry. It was described as “the great experiment of socialism in a democracy”. The action was spearheaded by a Labour Party government following the devastation of WWII, as privately owned coal mines, one of Britain’s largest industries came under public ownership. On the day flags were raised and signs appeared which proclaimed that ‘this colliery is now managed by the National Coal Board on behalf of the people.’

  • Opening speech with Museum Director Mike Benson and Education Officer Sharon Healy.

  • The Coalshed Poets read their new poem inspired by Vesting Day 1947.
    Click here to read the poem.

  • Music performed by a local school Heath View Academy led by Phil Needham from the Wakefield Music Hub and Bryony Griffith from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
    Click here to listen to the song.

  • The winner of a competition to design a flag for Vesting Day was announced - Uniasah Sacha from Headfield School, Dewsbury.

  • Official opening of the new exhibition with our new living history characters greeting guests.
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