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Historical Event, Tue 17 Jul 2018


Talk. Death Underground: Memories of Mining Accide

Talk. Death Underground: Memories of Mining Accide


In this talk Dr David Selway (University of Cardiff) will discuss memories of mining accidents in the early twentieth century.

_Tragedy and death have always been inextricably linked with coal mining in the public imagination. Big explosions – such as those at Senghennydd, Gresford and Oaks Colliery – generated vast amounts of press coverage and public sympathy, and pit disasters have gone on to dominate representations of miners and their families in popular culture. This talk uses oral history interviews from the 1970s to explore how mining communities themselves remembered deaths and injuries underground. It looks at how the miners and their families responded to the dangers of their industry, and examines the resentment they often felt about how those experiences were represented by the press and the wider public._

This talk is part of a programme of events linked to Abbey House Museum's exhibition Remembrance.

How have we chosen to remember those close to us in the past? How important are objects, places and actions in helping us tell personal stories today about those we have lost? This new display, co-curated with Abbey House Museum and the University of Leeds, reflects on how commemoration has changed since the Victorian era and features contributions from people in contemporary Leeds. 

Find out more about the exhibition here [].

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

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Tue 17 Jul 2018 14:45 to 16:15

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    Abbey Walk,
    Abbey Road,
    LS5 3EH



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    Map reference: SE 259363  Lat: 53.82237 Long: -1.60710

    By Car - from Leeds City Centre follow the A65 (Kirkstall Road) for approximately 2 ½ miles. Abbey House can be found on your right approximately ¼ mile after the Kirkstall Retail Park, opposite Kirkstall Abbey.

    Public Transport - Abbey House is located directly on a well serviced bus route.

    Buses: 33, 33a and 757 travel from the city centre to Kirkstall Road.

    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Headingley & Kirkstall Forge station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups