Odds & ends on a wet weekend, 20th August 2016

All around Hemingfield, 1911

Play days

Saturday was another wet one; a disappointing summer’s day at Hemingfield, and unfortunately the working party and open day were called off. The Friends and volunteers staying indoors to return again on a drier day.

Undeterred, everyone turns their time to good account: the Directors continue their planning work to ensure the future of the site. Meanwhile our active volunteers dive back into their own pursuits inspired by the site. Whether it be investigating the social and economic history; modelling the geological context of Hemingfield; studying the wildlife on site, or seeking inspiration from the variety of flora and fauna to create new artwork, providing new perspectives on the colliery.

In future posts we will start to share the fruits of all of this time and effort. For now, this post will bring together a few odds and ends from some recent delvings into the past, some mining miscellanea.

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Work day at Barnsley Main and new Friends group

Great to see volunteers getting stuck in at the Barnsley Main Colliery site in the Dearne Valley Park at Barnsley on Friday 5th August. Some familiar scenes to the Friends of Hemingfield colliery as the group got to grips with clearing back the old car park to the pit.

Fantastic teamwork from the Barnsley Central Area Team, Twiggs, Barnsley Parks Services, Barnsley Tesco Extra and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.


Making new Friends

Also, it’s great to see that the DVLP and local partners the Barnsley Central Area Team are proposing to help establish a new Friends Group to protect and maintain the Barnsley Main site.

An inaugural meeting supported by the DVLP and the Barnsley Central Area Team will take place on Tuesday 9th August 2016 at Hoyle Mill Inn, from 6-8pm.

The outline aims of the meeting include:

  • Formation of part of the Friends of Barnsley Main committee
  • Organising events
  • Litter picking
  • Raising awareness
  • Encouraging regular use of the site for walks with family and friends

For more details and information, see:


Exciting new project for the Dearne Valley 

The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership are preparing to launch a new community engagement project, “Archaeology and Geology of the Dearne” which will offer opportunities to learn more about the setting, development and history of key heritage sites through the Dearne Valley.

Read more about the project on their website


New research reveals higher death toll for 1866 Oaks Colliery Disaster – Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership


A team of local volunteer researchers have revealed a higher death toll for 1866 Oaks Colliery Disaster, than previously thought.

Read about the work of the Oaks memorial group, supported by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership.


Hemingfield Colliery – Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership



We’re featured amongst the sites working with the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership on their excellent new website.

Read about their plans for the area over the next few years, and keep up with the amazing range of events and activities they are arranging and supporting to reconnect people with their local environment, built heritage and green spaces.

[Live Project] It’s not the end, but just the beginning!

The Hemingfield Colliery Project

Hello everyone!

On Friday our team presented our work to our peers at the University of Sheffield.  Our project was one of 14 being worked on by groups of masters students from the Sheffield School of Architecture and we had a great time seeing what all the other teams have been up to.  If you are interested you can find out more here: http://www.liveprojects.org/

I would highly recommend any organisation to get involved in the University’s live projects scheme as it is a great way for us students to learn, and a great way to help push a real world project forward.

Going back to Friday; it was a really good day and the whole team was really pleased with how the presentation went.  I speak for the team in saying thank you to Dave, Olivia, Rhys and Ross for their hard work in producing such an clear, well thought out and exciting presentation!  I am sure they reciprocate…

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Live Project – Help decide the future of Hemingfield Colliery

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!

Please come down and share your views!

Follow progress via the project blog.

Hemingfield Colliery – Live Project with Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA)

Where will the future take us?

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.