The first on-site event took place on Nov 1st with great success. As we, the heritage volunteers, are starting to grow passionate about the site, it is reassuring that local people are also willing to brave the rain and take part in the on-site activities, as diverse as touring the site or drawing with coal.
The presence of ex-miners and father-son duo Ronny and Gary proved a rare chance to learn about the day-to-day realities in a coal-mine. Historical mining artefacts were displayed on a table for closer inspection alongside a number of other Victorian artefacts, which gave a broader insight into the period during which the mine was operated. Passionate volunteers were at hand to offer a host of additional information.
There were so many questions that some had to remain unanswered in the short time that the event took up. But this shows that, even now, in only the second week of the project, the work is bearing some fruits. It is astounding what a difference even a small amount of clean-up work can make and we are all looking forward to making the next event even more successful.
By Sarah Wenig (Unearthing the Past Volunteer)