Black Miners Museum Project, led by Nottingham News Centre CIC, aims to grow lasting partnerships with existing mining museums across the UK, by enriching and enhancing current visitor displays and exhibitions within UK mining museums through the integration of narratives, recorded memories, creative representations formerly generated by Nottingham News Centre and through the inclusion of selected new material such as: images, audio, film, research, rare artefacts, art installations and 3D digital concepts relating to former coal miners of black/ African-Caribbean heritage.
With valuable support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and National Lottery Players, the project will also:
• Implement contributions to exhibitions from volunteers and the public through advisory group meetings
• Create new employment and training opportunities for people through training and work opportunities
• Create an e-learning accredited, qualification in mining heritage as part of heritage leadership training and professional development
• Host mining museum events for the public, opening the new exhibitions, inviting community organisations and school groups from within former mining areas to participate and to celebrate achievement.
This two-year project will help to attract and to engage new audiences into mining museums, publicly share and celebrate the contributions of former miners from diverse communities, encourage and nurture personal connections and lasting legacy among forgotten communities, as well as promote inclusion and access to mining heritage for all.
The duration of the project is from 1st June 2019 – 31s tMay 2021.