Digging Deep : Miners of African Caribbean Heritage
Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage...
We need you!
Nottingham News Centre CIC, an award-winning heritage research organisation, is collating interviews of former African Caribbean coal miners who worked in one or more of the UK coal mines (underground or on the surface).
Interviews can be over the phone but preferably in person.
For inclusion of deceased black miners - a photograph is required and reflections/memories from family members are most welcome.
The memories and experiences of black miners are valuable sources of knowledge and learning for young people in the future as well as a path to enrich the narratives of UK industrial history.
Nottingham News Centre research findings, including portrait photographs, are part of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Coal Mining Museum for England and will tour other participating exhibition venues.
Research findings will also be available through Nottingham News Centre online archive at www.blackcoalminers.com
All credits will be included. Thank you!
Over decades, African Caribbean coal miners stood shoulder to shoulder with white British, European and Asian miners, toiling underground to help fuel the UK economy. Some even died in the process. Yet they are the forgotten ones. Their part in Britain’s industrial past has never been told…until now. Hundreds of black men worked in deep coal mines across the UK with concentrations of black miners, for example, in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Bristol, Kent, Durham, south Wales, Irish and Scottish mines. Gedling Colliery Nottinghamshire, was known as ‘The Pit of Nations’, as it was thought that black miners made up at least a quarter of the workforce (between the 1950s-1980s), as symbolised on the Gedling colliery banner.