Miners Memorial Garden opens 15th November

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is set to open their Miners’ Memorial Garden on 15 November 2015. The Garden will celebrate and commemorate 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 and local residents to join them in opening the Garden, and 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.

The Museum are delighted that national housebuilders Keepmoat Homes Yorkshire have kindly offered to sponsor the official opening. Keepmoat have a number of developments on former colliery sites within West and South Yorkshire and these will be remembered at the event with Keepmoat representatives being joined by members of the local community, and former miners from these areas.

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, located on site at Caphouse Colliery. 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.

For information about the Museum and all of their upcoming events, visit www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Sara Merritt at Bonner & Hindley: sara@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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