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Take a trip down memory lane at coal mining reminiscence workshops

Published on Wednesday, 18th January 2017 in Museums news

Rotherham residents can take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the coal mining industry at Clifton Park Museum in the forthcoming months.

Three workshops will give visitors a chance to find out more about what their Grandad or Great Grandad did during their younger days, or recall the working life of Rotherham coal miners.

Participants will share memories and stories about items such as coal mining equipment, photographs and clothing from the local area.

Rotherham Council’s Heritage Service Learning Officer, Lorna Pedley, said: “Recollection of the past has been shown to provide a morale boost and rejuvenation, and deliver health-giving qualities. Anyone is welcome to attend the sessions, which will be informal and will give visitors the opportunity to reflect back on their interests and confirm their relationships with family and old friends.”

Participants will meet in one of the galleries, sit around a table and view the objects individually or as a small number of items. A range of subjects will feature from helmets, miner’s lamps, safety lamps, miner’s manuals, safety posters, photographs and overalls. The objects will be passed around to prompt discussion and recreate memories.

The coal mining reminiscence workshops are taking place on selected dates from Friday 20 January at 10.30am to 11.30am, Monday 13 February 1.30pm to 2.30pm and Saturday 18 March at 10.30am to 11.30am.

Advance booking is required. The cost of attending a workshop is £4 per person.

The workshops are part of the Man of Steel exhibition programme, which can be viewed afterwards in Clifton Park Museum.

A place can be booked either in person at the Museum shop, or:

To book call Clifton Park Museum on 01709 336633image

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