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Be part of local and national events to learn more about black mining museum heritage.


Historic England - listing for Black Miners Museum

Historic England is a public body in the UK that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment.
They protect, champion and save the places that help to define who we are and where we've come from as a nation.

Historic England, celebrates Black History Month by asking educators, creatives and community leaders to name places and spaces in the Midlands that are meaningful to them personally or to Black heritage in the region. The Black Miners Museum was included in their list for 2020. See the entry at:


Black Miners Heritage Top Ten feature in The Guardian newspaper article, Black History Month, October 2020

The Guardian newspaper lists Black Miner Heritage No.7 in its Top Ten list of 'Black History Events that every pupil should know'. 11 October 2020. Black History Month is a chance to introduce forgotten historical episodes into the curriculum, from the British black panthers to the Bristol bus boycott. Read inspirational article by Lucy Campbell at:


Black Miners Museum Project selected for The Digital Heritage Lab

The Lab is a strand of the Digital Heritage Lab by The Arts Marketing Association and partners and is providing digital mentoring support to the following 60 UK-based small to medium sized heritage organisations. The aim of The Lab is to help these 60 heritage organisations develop their individual digital capabilities and capacity, and is tailored to each organisation’s needs. The Digital Heritage Lab is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. https://www.a-m-a.co.uk/digital-heritage-lab/the-lab/

The Black Miners Museum Project has been selected to be part of this pioneering project and paired with mentor, Michelle Wright of Clause 4 to receive 6 hours of mentoring advice and support.
For more information and free webinars to support your journey within the heritage sector visit: https://www.a-m-a.co.uk/digital-heritage-lab-webinars/


Royal Television Society membership for Nottingham News Centre

Nottingham News Centre becomes a full member of The Royal Television Society (RTS) in January 2021, to promote and to share heritage media television production and the current work of Nottingham News Centre creating engaging, diverse television content.

RTS is an educational charity which promotes the art and science of television. It celebrates work in television and related fields. The charity hosts many events throughout the year such s Virtual Careers Fairs, lectures, workshops and award ceremonies. They support young people with Television Production and Technology bursaries for those in need of help. Visit www.rts.org.uk for more information.

Book a place for the RTS Virtual Careers Fair, 2nd-3rd February 2021. https://rts.org.uk/event/rts-virtual-careers-fair-2021 Tickets £5.

Museum Association Awards 2020 Norma Gregory, Black Miners Museum Project makes shortlist

The Museum Association have announced the shortlist for the Museums Change Lives Awards 2020. The awards celebrate the achievements of museums and individuals that have made an impact on the lives of their audiences and communities.

The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony at 1.20pm on Thursday 5 November as part of our annual conference – free to attend for all Museums Association members. This year’s awards have four categories, including a new award for the Best Lockdown Project, which recognises the best museum responses to the coronavirus crisis.The Best Museums Change Lives Project award recognises the best project in the past year that reflects one or more of the themes of the MA’s Museums Change Lives campaign: Promoting Health and Wellbeing; Creating Better Places; and Inspiring Engagement, Reflection and Debate. The Best Small Museum Project recognises the best project at museums with an annual turnover of less than £320,000. The Radical Changemaker Award recognises the achievements of an individual in promoting one or more of the themes of Museums Change Lives in their museum.

Norma Gregory, heritage leader and coordinator of the Black Miners Museum Project, has been shortlisted in the category of Radical Changemaker and states: "This is a amazing achievement milestone and celebration for the work over many years, preserving and sharing the heritage of diverse communities in mining history. We share this success with all miners, living and deceased and will continue working in partnerships with museums helping to re-shape and transform interpretations in industrial heritage museums across in UK and overseas."

For more information and full shortlist visit:
Register for the Museum Association Conference 2020:

Woodhorn Mining Museum Northumberland- Touring Exhibition:
Digging Deep Miners of African Caribbean Heritage

If you missed previous tour dates, visit the Digging Deep touring exhibition opening from October 2020 at the Woodhorn Mining Museum. Northumberland. Follow the story at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-54569902

Main Gallery
Woodhorn Mining Museum
QEII Country Park
NE63 9YF, UK
Tel. 01670 624493

For more information and bookings https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/woodhorn-museum/whats-on/


  • The Common Room of the Great North, Newcastle (autumn)

Stained glass heritage workshop, August 2020

Want to have a try a stain-glass window making? Always thought how stain glass is designed, cut, shaped to make amazing glass art? Well, simply watch our live online heritage arts workshop, facilitated by Nottingham based renowned stain-glass artist, Stella Chadwick.

Email info@blackcoalminers.com for more information of how to get involved.

As featured in the Nottingham Post:

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Contact Stella Chadwick at:

Digital map locating mining museums incorporating Black Miners Heritage in collections

The Black Miners Museum project. has created a customised, digital map to pin point the locations of various mining and industrial heritage museums and organisations that include black miners heritage and diverse industrial heritage within the collections.

Take a look (click the link) and visit as many as you can, in person or online.

Cast Cinema Doncaster Film Screening: Digging Deep documentary, 17th October 2020

Want to see two pioneering documentary films that helped to document the experiences for British Black miners? Then book your seat at Cast Cinema Doncaster, Saturday 17th October 2020, 2.15pm for the double bill screening of Skin & Coal directed by Claudine Booth and channel 4 production first shown in 1987 and Digging Deep directed by Norma Gregory first shown in 2019. Light refreshments provided. Screening achieved in collaboration with Tim Brown and the Doncaster African Caribbean Group and Deborah Rees Cast Cinema.

BBC article:



National Coal Mining Museum Yorkshire -Touring Exhibition:
Digging Deep Miners of African Caribbean Heritage

Digging Deep Miners of African Caribbean Heritage at the National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield Yorkshire.
From 21st September 2019 - 8th March 2020

Main Gallery
Caphouse Colliery
New Road
West Yorkshire, UK
Tel 01924 848806
More information and bookings (free event) also via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exhibition-digging-deep-coal-miners-of-african-caribbean-heritage-tickets-74666801413?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Jump Cuts Film Festival 2021: WINNER 'Digging Deep' Best Documentary

"Absolutely delighted to inform you that Digging Deep has WON Best Documentary! Really fantastically well put together, great interviews and very informative. I have family who used to be miners in the West Midlands. Well done to all involved. Keep creating!" Aidey Pugh, Jump Cuts Film Festival . A video of 2021 winners can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVbxbP2QxBQ and visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/jumpcutsfilmfestival


New book launch: The Life of William Chong, a Windrush passenger (and former miner of African-Caribbean heritage)

‘The Life of William Chong, a Windrush Passenger’

by Bishop James Stapleton OBE and Esther Stapleton-Stone.
Price £20 (+postage & packaging)

A new book about William Chong, a HMS Windrush passenger (June 1948) who came to the UK, became a coal miner and achieved beyond expectation is being launched on Windrush Day, 22nd June 2021.

The book documents William Chong's migration journey from Kingston, Jamaica as a 19 year old, landing at Tilbury Docks, Essex London in 1948. His story is filled with adventure, challenges and triumph and stories of resilience working as a coal miner in Penywaun Colliery, north Wales. The well researched book, provides detailed narratives and historical references to give a broad understanding of the Windrush era, from 1948 to the present day Windrush scandal. The inspiration book contains personal interview accounts with Chong and family, references for places to visit related to the life of Chong, archive images and references to the experiences of former black miners in the UK, the Windrush Scandal and many achievements including the Windrush Awards, supported by The Windrush Project, Nottingham.

The Windrush Awards Project
The organisation led by Bishop Stapleton and Esther Stapleton- stone, acknowledges individuals nd communities groups who have served and enriched their communities by promoting unity, leadership and understanding in Nottingham and beyond.

To purchase a copy of the book, email: windrushprojectnottingham@gmail.com
Express your interest in attending the virtual book launch on Tuesday 22 June (2021) from 7pm
email: esta.star@icloud.com