Making the Steel Man – Coal and Heritage talks

Published Monday, 6th February 2017
The Steel man
The Steel Man

Clifton Park Museum provides the perfect venue for the next Coal and Steel Heritage Talk.

Ann Bradley, Social and Oral History Curator for the National Coal Mining Museum for England, will be giving a talk on “Mining Disasters – Rescue and Recovery” - about the five key mining disasters from the English coalfields.  

Looking at the disasters themselves, the talk, on 14 February, 2017, will also cover the rescue attempts and subsequent developments in technology or changes in legislation which made the coalfields safer. 

In addition, Ann will look at how the development of rescue teams and rescue stations played their part in the life of the colliery.

The afternoon talk, from 1.30pm to 3pm, costs £2 per person. Bookings for a place at the event should be made in advance at Clifton Park Museum either in person or by phone on 01709 336633.

Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director of Culture Sport and Tourism, Polly Hamilton, said: “The talk highlights how past disasters have informed historic and current innovation in mining, not just in Rotherham, but across the whole country, creating a safer working environment for those working in this important industry; part of Rotherham’s rich, coal and steel heritage.

“This talk honours how the people and places of the past affected by the disasters have informed the new technologies and specialised manufacturing that are helping to transform the region today.

“Visitors can also explore the “Making the Steel Man” exhibition which looks at the inspiration and innovation behind the landmark artwork - Yorkshire Steel Man - project and its link to Rotherham’s steel and coal heritage and the new technologies that will play a part in the creation of this exciting sculpture. The exhibition opened on Thursday 20 October and runs until 21 May 2017 and is well worth a visit.”