Greetings and warm wishes from Nottingham News Centre CIC and its latest heritage project,


with valuable support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF), partners and made possible by National Lottery Players.

We hope you will become part of this project, just contact us to find out more.


Black Miners Museum Project, led by Nottingham News Centre CIC, aims to grow lasting partnerships with existing mining museums across the UK, by enriching and enhancing current visitor displays through the integration of recently unearthed narratives, memories and creative representations of former coal miners of black/ African-Caribbean heritage within UK mining history. Through the inclusion of selected new material such as: images, audio, film, research, rare artefacts, art installations and 3D digital concepts, visitors will learn more about the diverse stories from British coalfields.

Project Partners

As project lead, Nottingham News Centre CIC works in collaboration with our project partners:
Communities Inc. Nottingham
National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMMfE)
Nottingham Industrial Museum & Wollaton Hall
Woodhorn Mining Museum Northumberland
Durham Mining Museum
as well as a variety of supporting organisations from around the world.

Volunteer Participation

This heritage project is led by volunteers from across the UK and focuses on collating and sharing the experiences of former coal miners of African Caribbean heritage, exhibited through a variety of media-based, creative art forms.

Project Objectives

With valuable support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and National Lottery Players, the project will also:

• Implement contributions to exhibitions from volunteers and the public through advisory group meetings
• Create new heritage related employment and training opportunities for people
• Create an e-learning accredited, qualification in mining heritage as part of heritage leadership training and professional development
• Create new digital resources and develop the Black Miners Museum Project online archive
• Host mining museum events for the public, opening the new exhibitions, inviting community organisations and school groups from within former mining areas to participate and to celebrate achievement.

Project Significance

This unique heritage project will help to attract and to engage new audiences into mining museums, publicly share and celebrate the contributions of former miners from diverse communities, encourage and nurture personal connections and lasting legacy among forgotten communities, as well as promote inclusion and access to mining heritage for all.

Help us continue this valuable work preserving and sharing mining heritage, after our project completion, by making a donation today.


Project Legacy

Due to the resounding success of Nottingham News Centre’s various National Lottery projects: Miners of African Caribbean Heritage,Narratives from Nottinghamshire (2015-2016) and Digging deep Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage National Narratives from across the UK (2017-2018) and the momentum gained from a renewal in public interest into mining heritage, this exciting project will expand and increase public awareness and access to industrial and social heritage plus initiate a richer understanding of the contributions made to Britain’s industrial past by miners of African Caribbean heritage from across the UK.

Project location and Timeframe

The project is based in Nottingham, East Midlands UK, commences June 2019 and ends July 2021.

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How to participate in project activities:

Become part of this project, just contact us today to find out more.

Project outcomes:

1. A wider range of people will be involved in heritage

2. Heritage will be identified and better explained

3. People will have developed skills.

About Nottingham News Centre

Nottingham News Centre CIC, founded in 2013, is a community interest company (i.e. social enterprise) specialising in heritage project management, heritage research, heritage content and media production for exhibitions (including print, online, broadcast mediums).

We provide oral history training, project management, curatorial and exhibition support and heritage publishing services
for national and international organisations.

View our portfolio at www.nottinghamnewscentre.com/portfolio
or visit www.nottinghamnewscentre.com for information on how we can help you. View specificities work by Norma Gregory (MA) at www.normagregory/profile

About the Heritage Fund

Thanks to National Lottery Players, the Heritage Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.

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