|MINING HERITAGE PROJECT - JUNE 2004|
|26 September, 2023
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The work was done outside of
time with Head Teacher, Mrs Harwood, giving up holiday to be with the
Two artists, Barry and Jon, led the children through the process
of developing ideas, designing a front and back for the
painting a background on the canvas and painting selected items on to
On the morning of the 30th June 2004 a party of children from Parkside Infant School set out to visit Beamish Museum to discover first hand what everyday life was like in a traditional Durham mining community.
These children live in a former mining community which boasted three deep coal mines yet neither they nor their parents have ever worked down a coal mine.
That is the amazing fact which is driving SDVT Banner Fund to support this project. No new employees were taken on at the pits after about 1980, which was one of the main reasons why the Great Miners Strike of 1984 took place. The government of the day was gradually "winding down" the pits.
By 1992 Seaham three collieries were essentially closed. ALL of the children of Parkside Infant School were born after that date!