Hednesford News – Museum of Cannock Chase
Transformed gallery opens doors to visitors
Published on Thursday 3rd April 2014
A GALLERY celebrating the mining heritage of Cannock Chase has opened its doors following a £150,000 transformation.
Mining Memories, at The Museum of Cannock Chase, provides a new, permanent coal mining gallery for the local community, allowing people to experience a ‘day in the life’ of a miner and explore features of the mines. Visitors can try out interactive displays including a crawl-through tunnel.
The project, which received a £97,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has also created an education package to make sure people of all ages get the maximum benefit from their experience at the museum.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of leisure and culture provider WLCT which manages the museum, said: “Mining Memories is a spectacular exhibition which brings the history of the Cannock Chase coalfield to life, providing a place for local people to go to reminisce and for young people in particular to learn about this important part of the district’s heritage. I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this project to fruition.”
Councillors were invited to visit the gallery earlier this week for a sneak preview of the gallery.
Councillor Christine Mitchell, Leader of Culture and Sport said: “The newly transformed gallery is a wonderful exhibition which captures the mining history of our District and brings it to life. I would encourage everyone to visit the Museum and find out about the District’s heritage.”
Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “Coal mining was the backbone of the local economy and now the stories of the miners and the communities it supported can be told, in an imaginative and engaging way, especially to the younger generation.”
A special event celebrating the opening of the new gallery is being planned for June 28.
The museum is open from Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm) until Good Friday. From Easter Saturday until the end of September it is open daily, 11am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm).
For full details of opening hours, visit http://www.wlct.org/museumofcannockchase
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CANNOCK CHASE MINING HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The first talk of this year will take place Wednesday 26th March 2014 at 3.00 p.m at our usual venue the Museum of Cannock Chase.
The talk will be by Alan Hill and is entitled the “Panama Canal”
The second talk will be on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 3.00pm. Again at our usual venue the Museum of Cannock Chase.
The talk will be on “South Staffs Water” and will be given by David Moore.
All our talks are open to the general public so make an effort to attend and bring a friend.
Please see and note, the following has now been confirmed:
Hednesford Mining Memorial Phase III
Saturday 26th April 2014 – 2pm
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Additions to our coal mining memorabilia
As you are no doubt aware, without the coal industry there would be no Chasewater Railway, as the original line was built for transporting coal, although passenger services were introduced from Brownhills to Aldridge via Walsall Wood. We are always glad to receive artefacts from the mining industry to display in the Museum.
The latest of such items to come our way are an invitation to the opening of the Pithead Baths at Wyrley No. 3 Colliery, Great Wyrley, on August 14th, 1954, and The Bather’s Handbook.
These items came to the Museum from a former employee of the Colliery, his first job after National Service with the RAF.
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News – Scamp Unveiling
It was in July 2008 that Chasewater Railway was first introduced to the SCAMP project when Ron Bradbury and the Burntwood Chase Heritage Group brought the maquette to the Railway and ran a fish and chip special train to raise funds for the statue. The maquette was proudly displayed in the Museum for a number of weeks before being shown at other venues. Now, some five years later, the project is nearing its completion.
The pony model – and friends!
Real progress being made
A statue to commemorate Burntwood’s mining heritage is to be officially unveiled on June 8th.
The 7 ft bronze memorial has been created by sculptor Peter Walker, who hails from the town, and will be sited at Sankey’s Corner.
The artwork was about five years in the making and was made possible thanks to public donations and £10,000 of funding from local developers.
Ron Bradbury, of Sankey’s Corner Arts Mining Project (SCAMP) said: ‘After many years of fundraising, the dream of a statue to stand on Sankey’s Corner is about to be fulfilled.’
No time has yet been set for the official unveiling, which is open for anyone to attend. A book is being produced about the history behind Scamp and pit ponies and will be on sale at £10 each, containing a list of names on the plinth. All profits will go to Scamp.
Anyone willing to help by providing food or entertainment, or with funding, should call 01543 677789.
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