Precious memories

A Day to Remember

On Monday 22nd July museum trustee Bob Bradley had an honorary Doctorate conferred on him by the University of Nottingham. We are pleased to congratulate Bob, a longstanding member and retired senior colliery surveyor.

Congratulations from all at the museum

A wish Come True

Care home resident Mary Balter recently had a wish come true with an informative visit from the Bilsthorpe Heritage Centre.

While Mary Balter was chatting to team member Lisa Argyle in the home it came up in conversation that Mary had childhood memories of her father opening the pit in Lisa’s home village, Bilsthorpe. Mary’s daughter, Carrie, told Lisa of her grandfather’s job in the mining industry.

The team arranged for a visit from the Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum and the photographs and mining artefacts on show gave Mary the chance to reminisce about her childhood. Residents enjoyed handling the artefacts and were fascinated by the presentation.

Resident Bill Smitherson said ‘It was a really interesting talk, I did not realise how many men had lost their lives down the pits. It was a real eye-opener.’

Carrie had had a lovely photograph of her grandfather restored so that Mary could present it to the mining museum.

Mary Balter and Lisa Argyle present the photograph to Brian Jackson from the museum.