Digging in to mining heritage at Nettleton

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The first ever community event to gather information about the ironstone mining industrial heritage of the Lincolnshire Wolds will take place at Nettleton Village Hall on Saturday January 10.

The Nettleton Archives Day will be a drop in session, open from 10am to 2pm, where people are invited to go along to look at various heritage and geology displays and speak to experts.

The team behind the event is made up of local volunteers brought together by community heritage project Down Your Wold and they are encouraging people to take along anything they have relating to the mining industry in the area.

“It will be a bit like the Antiques Roadshow, you are invited to bring along any items you may have relating to the mining industry in Nettleton and the surrounding areas,” said Sam Phillips, Down Your Wold project officer.

“We won’t be valuing items, but we will make a record of everything brought in which will aid future research and help create a bigger picture of how mining played a part in shaping the landscape and communities we see today.”

A guided heritage walk looking at ironstone buildings and miners cottages will leave the hall at 12 noon.

Free refreshments will be on offer throughout the day.

Stewart Squires from the Society for Lincolnshire History Archaeology has devoted many years of research to this subject and can’t wait to meet attendees on the day.

“We don’t know what people may have in their attics or photo albums,” he said.

“That is what makes this event really exciting.

“Perhaps a family member worked in the mines or maybe people have stories from attending the miners’ social events.

“We want to piece together this fascinating part of our local history so others can share and understand it better.

“It is hard to imagine that what we now see as peaceful and tranquil landscape used to be quite a different scene from the 1920s - 60s.

“There are even rumours of a buried locomotive in a collapsed mine tunnel, we hope this event will help uncover more of the mining heritage mysteries.”