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Walking Together Launch event 17 January 2018

From Derbyshire Council Council media release:

Markham miners remembered with memorial unveiling 80 years after 1938 tragedy

Seven new life-size steel figures have been unveiled as part of a memorial to miners who lost their lives at Markham Colliery nearly 80 years since the 1938 disaster at the site.


On 10 May 1938, 79 miners lost their lives and 40 were seriously injured in an explosion at Markham Colliery which has now been reclaimed by us and Henry Boot Developments and is home to the Markham Vale regeneration scheme.

The steel figures were unveiled as part of the ‘Walking Together’ memorial − led by us − which will eventually feature 106 figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail which symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in three accidents at the site.

On 21 January 1937 an underground explosion claimed the lives of nine men and 18 miners died and 11 others suffered serious injury in the third disaster at the colliery when the mechanical brake on a lift carrying them to the coalface failed on 30 July 1973.

The most recent figures have been dedicated to Arthur Henson (45) who was employed at the colliery in the role known as a ripper, Herbert Hargreaves, contractor (48) and his two sons Herbert Hargreaves Jnr, contractor (27) and Leslie Hargreaves, contractor (23), Albert Ernest Rodgers, haulage hand (19), Robert Henry Wood, haulage hand (22) and Robert Simms, contractor (56).

There are now 34 figures at the site − the first two were unveiled in 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 disaster.

Our Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration Councillor Tony King said:

“The Walking Together memorial is a special place where the miner’s community spirit can be remembered and where families, friends and future generations can come together to pay tribute.

“Great friendships were made at the site and generations of families worked there like Herbert Hargreaves and his two sons who were lost in the explosion in 1938.

“The site is now home to 42 businesses and many new jobs have been created but it’s important that we don’t forget the site’s mining history and the incredibly brave men that worked there.”

Five of the figures have been sponsored through a grant of £7,500 awarded to the ‘Walking Together’ memorial from the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust.

Henry Boot Developments − our private sector property partner and AJA Architects − the designers of many buildings on Markham Vale − have sponsored the other two figures.

Each figure carries a tag with the name of one of the miners, along with their age and job role.

Relatives of the miners commemorated at the unveiling also attended the event to pay tribute along with pupils from Duckmanton Primary School who performed a song and laid flowers.

The Walking Together memorial has been designed by Cheshire-based artist Stephen Broadbent.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a figure can contact Head of Markham Vale, Peter Storey, email: peter.storey@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 535417 for more information.

 

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/news_events/news-updates/2018/january/news_items/markham_miners_remembered_with_memorial_unveiling_80_years_after_1938_tragedy.asp

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LOTTERY CASH SET TO HELP UNEARTH MINING HISTORY AT MARKHAM VALE

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Picturing the past: Councillor Tony King looks at mining artefacts with members of the Markham Mining Memorial Community Working Group − local historian Sandra Struggles and Markham Vale Environment Centre Manager Trudi Saxton

 

Press release from Derbyshire County Council:

A project which is set to unearth the untold stories of Markham Colliery has been given the green light thanks to £35,000 awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to Derbyshire County Council.

Research into the lives of the thousands of local men who worked at the site between 1882 and 1993 will be carried out as part of ‘The Story Mine’ project and shared on a new website.

And residents will be invited to a number of events organised by the Markham Mining Memorial Community Working Group – which supported the grant application by the county council – to hear about the project’s latest discoveries.

The working group is made up of 25 members including former miners, local historians, representatives from schools in Derbyshire and relatives of those who worked at the site.

Markham Colliery has now been reclaimed by the council and Henry Boot Developments and is home to the Markham Vale regeneration scheme which is working to create 4,100 jobs for local people.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration Councillor Tony King said: “We’re delighted to receive this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help us unearth more of Markham’s mining history which we can share with future generations for years to come.

“Markham Colliery was at the heart of this area for a long time and lots of people including myself will have many memories of the site and the brave men that worked there.

“I’d like to thank the Markham Mining Memorial Community Working Group for all their fantastic work and the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Lottery players for making the project possible.”

Great strides have already been made at Markham Vale by the county council to remember its mining history with the permanent ‘Walking Together’ memorial which will eventually feature 106 figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead which symbolises a miner’s journey to and from work and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in three accidents at the site in 1937, 1938 and 1973.

The Walking Together memorial has been designed by Cheshire-based Artist Stephen Broadbent.

To find out more about The Story Mine project contact Head of Markham Vale, Peter Storey on 01629 535417 or email Peter.Storey@derbyshire.gov.uk

 NOTES TO EDITORS

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest 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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Markham miners remembered with memorial unveiling 80 years after first tragedy

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24 July 2017

Eight new life-size steel figures have been unveiled as part of a memorial to miners who lost their lives at Markham Colliery marking 80 years since the first disaster at the site.


The figures were unveiled as part of the ‘Walking Together’ memorial, which we led on, and will eventually feature 106 figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail which symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in three accidents at the site.

On 21 January 1937 an underground explosion claimed the lives of nine men and in 1938, 79 miners lost their lives and 40 were seriously injured in a second explosion.

Eighteen miners died and 11 others suffered serious injury in the third disaster at the colliery when the mechanical brake on a lift carrying them to the coalface failed on 30 July, 1973.

We’ve reclaimed the former colliery site with Henry Boot Developments and it’s now home to the Markham Vale regeneration scheme which is working to create 4,100 jobs for local people.

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Our Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration Councillor Tony King said:

“Markham Colliery was at the heart of Derbyshire and a place where great friendships were made and generations of families worked.

“The miners were a very close group who had a strong bond and supported each other through the good and bad times.

“This memorial is a place where the miner’s community spirit can be remembered and where families, friends and future generations can come together to pay tribute.

Councillor King added:

“The site is now home to 42 businesses and more than 1,000 new jobs have been created so far but it’s important that we don’t forget the site’s mining history, the challenging jobs the pit workers had and the sacrifices they made.”

Each figure carries a tag with the name of one of the miners, along with their age and job role.

These most recent additions have been dedicated to Ralph Marsden, 41, Stallman, Joseph Furniss, 28, Stallman, Edward Baggaley, 34, Stallman, Edmund Smith, 29, Stallman, Frederick Roddy, 25, Cutterman, Thomas Jones, 49, Contractor, Enoch Jones, 21, Contractor and Joseph Geary, 55, Dataller.

Relatives of the miners commemorated at the unveiling also attended the event to pay tribute.

There are now 27 figures at the site − the first two were unveiled in 2013 to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 disaster.

The latest figures have been sponsored by a number of businesses including Noonah Experiential and GH Motors − both based at Markham Vale.

Henry Boot Developments − our private sector property partner − and their consultants have also sponsored three of the figures.

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A grant of £7,500 has been awarded to the ‘Walking Together’ memorial from the Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust for the next phase of the project which is set to be unveiled later in the year.

The Walking Together memorial has been designed by Cheshire-based Artist Stephen Broadbent.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a figure can contact Head of Markham Vale, Peter Storey by email or by calling tel: 01629 535417 for more information.

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