The Live Project team from Sheffield School of Architecture will be holding a community engagement event seeking your input on the future development of the site. The event takes place this weekend at the Elsecar Heritage Centre. Please drop by, see the information and share your thoughts!
Please come down and share your views!
Follow progress via the project blog.
Saturday was a very busy day on site with visitors, volunteers and members of the local community exploring the site, digging up rubble, reclaiming materials for future reuse, as well as discussing both the past and the possible futures for the colliery and its surroundings.
No shortage of bricks!
We were delighted to welcome back members of the Live Project team from the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture. The whole group of thirteen students have been busy developing proposals for the future development of the site, and the project members have already conducted visitor research and are surveying the opinions of members of the local community. In the near future the team will be presenting some of their ideas as part of a stall at the Elsecar Heritage Centre.
Pumping pit headgear
We were also fortunate to have a number of experts on site – mining historians and professionals who can shed further light on the standing structures and phases of development in the site’s working life. There’s lots still to be discovered about the story of the site – from its beginnings in the 1840s through to the end of the First World War when it was under the control of Earl Fitzwilliam, then into the South Yorkshire Pumping Association and Mines Drainage Committee years, and finally up to its most recent history just before the site’s acquisition by the Friends of Hemingfield Colliery.
Sunday was quieter by comparison, but another beautifully sunny day in which to get stuck into the working party tasks of clearing vegetation, digging out rubble and reclaming whatever materials we can as we go. One element of this work is the reclamation of bricks – cleaning, stacking and storing original building materials is important to our work.
On brick reclamation duty as bricks emerge from other parts of the site being cleared of rubble.
As many of the volunteers will recognise, we have a wealth of different types of bricks on the site and a number of visitors have commented on some of the names – local makers’ names both remembered and long since disappeared. As we make progress in exploring and clearing the site, we hope to be able to add some information about some of these related histories; often important concerns for local history. Please follow this link to the first of these concerning Skiers Spring brickworks.
Working Parties Update
Due to poor weather conditions and some unforeseen circumstances the general working parties scheduled for 8-9th and 29-30th November have been cancelled. However, the Friends have remained busy throughout, both on site and attending events (see the following blog posts!).
Please see the Working Parties page for further updates.
Where will the future take us?
The Friends of Hemingfield Colliery are delighted to be working with the University of Sheffield’s School of Architecture (SSoA) in their innovative Live Projects initiative – bringing the skills and insights of a group of year 5 and 6 architecture and conservation students to bear on the real world challenges and exciting possibilities that await the former colliery site.
At the beginning of October, the SSoA team met the Friends and our partners from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership to begin discussions and conduct an initial site visit. The project will last for six weeks as the SSoA team conduct research and proceed to develop detailed proposals for the site.
To learn more, contribute data and suggestions, and to watch this exciting work develop, please visit the Hemingfield Colliery Live Project Blog.
Getting to grips with the site
Intriguing concrete support for something…
Sharing the site with some new friends…
Hard at it.
Elsecar Heritage Railway engine steaming by.