The National Coal Mining Museum for England presents ‘Lest we forget’, a special day of interesting talks covering Yorkshire miners and World War I

‘Lest we forget’
19 March
10am – 4pm

The National Coal Mining Museum for England will be holding a day of fascinating talks on 19 March which will encompass the lives and tales of Yorkshire miners and World War I. From 10am – 4pm, visitors will be invited to listen to a variety of talks and peruse the selection of specialist stalls along with a ‘hands-on’ session in the afternoon.

The event is part of the Parish of Middlestown with Netherton project A Parish at War: how the Great War affected Sitlington’s men, women and children; this project was made possible with the addition of a grant made by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Research is being conducted on the names inscribed on war memorials in the churches and chapel of the local area, along with exploring how the First World War affected the parish and the community left behind.

Scott Flaving, co-author of ‘THE DUKES 1702 – 2006’ Concise History and Digest (2009), will begin the day as he speaks about ‘The West Riding Regiment on the Somme, 1916’.

Christine Hewitt is the second speaker of the day and will be covering ‘Ordinary Sitlington folks in extraordinary times’; Sitlington villages are made up of Midgley, Middlestown, Netherton and Overton and overlook the beautiful Coxley Valley.

The Museum’s café will serve hot and cold food throughout the lunch break of 11.45am – 1.15pm; visitors are encouraged to explore the Museum and take the opportunity to browse the array of stalls that will be in residence for this unique event. Along with local Family History Societies and Historical Societies stalls, there will be a stall from West Yorkshire Archive Service and visitors will be able to make enquiries about local history, family history, research areas and WWI.

After lunch, there will be an interactive session for visitors to discover their ancestry, with guidance from the librarians of the Museum Library, Wakefield Library Service and Ossett Historical Society. Tony Banks, a coal mining veteran with 38 years’ experience and member of Wakefield Family History Society will also be in attendance at the Museum to assist visitors who are looking to trace back their own family history. The afternoon’s talks will be given by Ossett historian David Scriven, ‘Ossett in the First World War’, followed by Brian Webb’s talk on ‘Sitlington miners who did not come back from the Western Front.’

Anisha Christison, Librarian at the Museum said: ‘This event will bring together local communities and specialist groups to share, learn and discover more about their own personal history. We are looking forward to welcoming a variety of visitors and assisting them with their ancestry queries by making use of our extensive library store. With a range of stalls, talks and experts available to talk to, we hope that everyone will experience an enjoyable and thought-provoking day.”

Booking is essential.
Please contact 01924 848806.
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Editor’s Notes
 The Museum is free admission
 Some individual events will incur a charge
 Free car and coach parking
 Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January
 Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
 Indoor play area for children under five
 Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

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