Mining Museum’s tribute to former workers

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Former miners and their families can share their memories at a new memorial garden which opens next week.

The Miners’ Memorial Garden, at the National Coal Mining Museum, will feature a steel sculpture celebrating the lives of former workers who have died.

The Lives Lived Lives Lost three-metre-high sculpture, designed by artist Stephen Broadbent, will include personal mining memories which are encased inside glass.

And people who want to share their memories can attend the opening event at the museum on November 15.

A spokesperson for the museum said: “The Memorial Garden has been built within an open grassed area at the Museum’s Hope Pit, located on site at Caphouse Colliery.

“The garden has been designed as a place for quiet contemplation and reflection, allowing visitors to share their memories of what coal mining has meant to individuals, families and the local area over many generations.

“The garden will celebrate and commemorate the lives of those who were part of the industry, including the close-knit families and communities who supported the miners.”

It is being sponsored by housebuilders Keepmoat, who have a number of developments on former colliery sites across the region.

The curved sculpture will be installed in the centre of the memorial garden and each hand-crafted piece of glass will have personalised text memories etched on them.

Contact 01924 848806 for more information.