SGMRG Talk: "Now we Know their Names"
Coalpit Heath Village Hall
Around 9pm (after the group’s AGM), Miners Institute, (on A432, south side, sign says CH Village Hall)
The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group have a talk on Remembering the Heroes of the Kingswood Coalmines, an introduction to “Killed in a Coalpit” by the author, SGMRG member, D.P. Lindegaard.
The talk is by DP Lindegaard, author of the book “Killed in a Coalpit – Lives of the Kingswood Colliers”. The book will be on sale on the night when Doreen will be happy to sign copies.
Non-members welcome £2 each - membership £17.50 per year.
The book is a really useful source of reference for anyone whose family were employed in the South Gloucestershire and Bristol coalfields; the index has over 2000 family names.
Though the main theme of this hardback book concerns the accidents, fatal (and otherwise) which befell the coalminers who worked in the historic Kingswood (South Gloucestershire) Coalfield it is hoped that through these tragic events readers will have a real insight into the lives of the miners and their families and the conditions they endured.
The first edition of ‘Killed in a Coalpit’, a catalogue of all the information then available, was self published as a photocopy by D.P. Lindegaard in the 1980s. The present volume, considerably enlarged and updated, (and professionally published) is the direct result of a chance visit the author made to Oldwood Pits on a Heritage Open Day some years ago.
She was surprised when the archaeologists of the South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group who were running the show had actually heard of ‘Killed in a Coalpit’ saying of the book “no-one had ever done this before!” “It is an enormous understatement to state that I was thrilled with this reception,” she says and credits the encouragement she received then and since from SGMRG members which has enabled ‘Killed in a Coalpit’ to be rescued from oblivion and updated.
Click below for more info about the book and find a review by the Bristol and Avon Family History Society at http://tinyurl.com/KIAC-review.