Your chance to get involved in DIGGING DEEP heritage events.


#ThanksToYou Heritage Lottery Event, Saturday 7th December 2018, 10am-1pm

Join us for a FREE drop-in MOBILE PHONE VIDEO for heritage workshop event at:
YMCA International Community Centre
61b Mansfield Road
Tel. 0115 871 3819

Saturday 7th December 2018, 10am-1pm.

It is a BIG #THANKS TO YOU Lottery Players across the UK, for your contributions and participation ensuring the funding for the Digging Deep Miners' HLF project.

Just turn up with a used or new lottery ticket or scratch card and you can get into the workshop for FREE!
Attend a fantastic and fun MOBILE PHONE VIDEO workshop and meet other lottery players too.
See you then and bring a friend - and don't forget your mobile phone!
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Digging Deep Photography Exhibition @ The New Art Exchange, Nottingham 29th September -24th October 2018

Join us on the first leg of our national touring exhibition on the hidden history of coal miners of African Caribbean descent, from across the UK. Come and step through time and experience personal narratives from the former members of the coal community, told through archived photographs, coal artistry and original mining objects on display in the Central Gallery at the New Art Exchange Nottingham. The exhibition will also feature a new commission of portraits of former miners of African Caribbean descent taken by acclaimed and award winning, Nottingham-based photographer, David Severn. Refreshments provided.

DATE: 29th September 2018 - 24th October 2018
LAUNCH EVENT: Saturday 8th October 2018, 2- 4pm
VENUE: The New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard Nottingham NG7 6BE


COAL ART WORKSHOPS summer/autumn 2018

Participate in creating art made primarily out of coal.The artwork created in the four workshops by volunteers will go into a larger heritage exhibition that will tour mining museums and other establishments across the UK.

Workshops to include:
  • creating unique art pieces made out of coal and other materials
  • coal crafts
  • designing and drawing dust portraits
  • enjoying demonstrations led by our visiting scientists and artists

If you have any questions or want to book a space feel free to contact us! (BOOKING ESSENTIAL)
Tel: +44 (0) 115 871 3819
If you would like to be a volunteer helper at a workshop email info@nottinghamnewscentre.com for opportunities. Any help is much appreciated. Travel expenses paid.

Dates for 2018: 30th July, 31st July, 18th August, 8th September
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: YMCA 61b Mansfield Road Nottingham NG1 3FN
Refreshments provided

Coal art Workshops flyer

Leicester City Hall, Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Leicester City Council Black Workers Support Group (BWSG) Black History Month 2018 Event

Leicester City Council’s Black Worker Support Group has invited Nottingham News Centre and the Digging deep HLF project to take part in an event to celebrate Leicester City Council’s Black History Month 2018.

BWSG is one of the employee network support groups within the Council and its mission is to meet the support needs of Black and Asian staff within the council and to work with the Council to meet its equality commitments. BWSG has organised it 4th annual event to celebrate Black History Month 2018 the theme of event is the *Contribution of the Windrush Generation . The aim of the event is twofold. First to highlight the role played by organisations / business in the community. The second is to highlight and celebrate the impact the Windrush Generation locally, nationally and international.
*The Windrush Jounery :
*National Service:

The event is endorsed by Councillor Manjula Sood the Assistant City Mayor for Communities & Equalities and is open to ALL Council employees. It takes place on Tuesday 23rd October 9.00-12.00pm for BWSG members and then 12.30pm- 2.30pm Stalls and organisations presentation for all LCC Employees at Leicester City Council’s prestigious City Hall headquarters Leicester City Centre.
The Digging Deep HLF project will provide a stand at the event where members can converse with us and get greater insight into our area of heritage expertise and secondly to do short presentations on the role and heritage work of Nottingham News Centre.

Miners' Reunion 27th April 2018 & Touring Exhibition

Hear about progress preserving personal narratives of former African Caribbean coal miners as well as a chance to meet up and to share mining heritage and view our touring exhibition (contemporary and archive images).

Date: Friday 27th April 2018
Time 1pm -4pm
Venue: Mapperley Plains Social Club
Plains Road Nottingham NG3 5RH

If you have any questions or want to register as a guest, feel free to contact us (BOOKING ESSENTIAL).
Tel: +44 (0) 115 871 3819

If you would like to be a volunteer helper email info@nottinghamnewscentre.com for opportunities. Any help is much appreciated. Travel expenses paid.

Miners' Reunion 2018

Touring display

The DIGGING DEEP touring display, illustrating aspects of the project's findings and thus, new knowledge created, can be viewed throughout the year at various locations across the UK.

Nottingham Carnival ( August 2016, 2017, 2018)
Bilsthorpe Mining Museum, Nottinghamshire (Jan- Feb 2018)
Mapperley Social Club, Nottinghamshire (April 2018)

Hosting the DIGGING DEEP touring display within your school, college, university, community group or national organisation is easy. Email info@blackcoalminers.com for an application form and we will be happy to assist in sharing heritage.

Our major exhibition will be hosted at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, Yorkshire from September - December 2019.


Presentations & talks

Project presentation and display at:

University of Nottingham, 17th October 2017
Black Ballad, History group, London 31st October 2017
Scottish Oral History Society, University of Strathclyde, 27th November 2017
Oral History Society Conference, Belfast, June 2018

The New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard Nottingham, September & October 2018

Email info@blackcoalminers.com to book a presentation/talk for your organisation.

Nottingham University History students Digging Deep presentation, Friday 5th October 2018

400 undergraduate History students at the University of Nottingham, learnt about history and historical approaches in their first lecture of their academic year titled, 'What is History?' hosted by historians, Professor Sarah Badcock and Digging Deep project coordinator, Norma Gregory. Students had opportunities to hear about work achieved on the Digging Deep HLF project as well as understanding current outlook and perspectives on collating and preserving heritage from diverse communities.