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Young People Want To Learn About Town's Mining History

Thursday October 3 2013


Dodworth's mining memorial Dodworth's mining memorial


YOUNG people want to learn more about the glory years of mining in Barnsley, according to the National Union of Mineworkers.

The young enthusiasts were among those attending heritage days at the NUM's headquarters on Huddersfield Road, Barnsley. The exhibits ignited fond memories for older people, like making toast on a toasting fork over a blazing coal fire.

Chris Skidmore, of the NUM, said: "One of the things was the number of young people that came in. They were very young when the miners' strike was on in 1984 - or not even born.

"They said the industrial history of Barnsley isn't taught in schools and that's why they were fascinated. We don't want to get to a time when pits are erased from people's memories."

His NUM colleague John 'Inky' Thomson added: "We have kids now who have never seen coal on a fire and all those different colours in the flames."

This is the fourth year of the heritage days and the NUM is now looking at holding them at the weekend so more people can attend.

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Reply Posted by Kathleen Ward on Thursday October 3 2013 at 16:22
Such a fabulous idea. When you think of all the industry that Barnsley has lost over the years........ paper, tin, ornate glass, as well as coal mining. I wonder if you asked the children of Barnsley if they knew of the lost industry, they wouldn't even know we had the likes of them here in this town

Reply Posted by Peter H on Friday October 4 2013 at 07:33
Kathleen, you failed to mention the linen trades & brass founding, also a great part of Barnsleys' industrial past... Sadly the word is past

Reply Posted by Peter H on Friday October 4 2013 at 07:33
Kathleen, you failed to mention the linen trades & brass founding, also a great part of Barnsleys' industrial past... Sadly the word is past

Reply Posted by Dan on Thursday October 3 2013 at 22:13
I was born in 93 and went to Kirk Balk and wondered why we got taught about Plains Indians in USA, which didn't interest me or anyone else in the slightest, while forgetting about all of the history on our doorstep.

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday October 4 2013 at 11:07
i can put a bet on inky thompson not wanting kids to know about him and his council expenses.

Reply Posted by AHR on Friday October 4 2013 at 12:28
"We have kids now who have never seen coal on a fire and all those different colours in the flames." I that's all we had to watch in them good old days, no Playstations, no Television just stare at the fire ( Nah not really )


Reply Posted by Fred on Saturday October 5 2013 at 10:43
'Rose coloured glasses'!

When I think about Barnsley's industrial past, whinging miners on striking is the first thing that comes to mind. There's no industry because workers don't want it anymore.

Reply Posted by STEVO on Saturday October 5 2013 at 15:28
Exactly the idiotic comment I would have expected from you.

Whether you like it or not this town was built with the blood ,sweat and tears of hardworking miners (and other trades) and I for one want our fantastic industrial heritage to be preserved for future generations.

There is no industry because Thatcher got rid of our once proud manufacturing base and sold our oil, utilities and trains off to the highest bidder.

Tis you that wears the "Rose Coloured Glasses" my pedigree chum.

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Saturday October 5 2013 at 17:13
Fred you are an utter disgrace to Yorkshire and yourself. Your comment says alot about you, you must have been dragged up in the gutter and stayed there. I bet you don't know what hard work is, and I doubt you've applied yourself to get an education.

Reply Posted by owd fred on Saturday October 5 2013 at 23:54
No relation to tosser fred,
my family worked their nuts of so i didn't have to work in the mines, I am proud to be a product of their hard work, most of them face workers,
All proud of their back ground and immense pride in the community it brought with it

Reply Posted by mathew cullen on Sunday October 6 2013 at 13:39
what a great idea i was only a nip when my local pit (grimethopre) was in full working and the storys my granddad used to tell me when he was a miner, used to walk over the old stack and have a cuppa in the canteen as all is friends still worked there until the devastating blow in 93 and even as a kid say 11-12 i remember it well was a sad day even for me, we should still have the colliery's ind full working around britain pushing our british heritage forward not importing coal wheres the logic in that!! open them up bring back what we had!!

Reply Posted by Fred on Sunday October 6 2013 at 19:14
We also had child labour, extreme poverty, slavery, and dissentry, slum housing, Do you all want to go back there ! Progress is what you make it, but for sure it is inevitable ! Move on and embrace the future!

Reply Posted by shaggy on Sunday October 6 2013 at 22:18
Eyup Shag, tha talks sum reight shite and tha cant spell.

Get thisen a Nintendo DS a recommend brain trainin es tha definitely needs some ya gret pudding.

Reply Posted by mick conway on Monday October 7 2013 at 19:03
SUMMAT WRONG WITH EM.