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Press Release - 10 May 2005

University helps out at museum exhibition

Radstock Museum is taking part in a Europe-wide exhibition about mining launched this week, with the help of the University of Bath.

The museum is participating in European Mining Week which aims to highlight mining across the continent, with lectures, story-telling, films, a guided walk and a miners' reunion included in the programme.

The Week also coincides with an exhibition called Memories of Mining in Europe launched simultaneously in five different languages in museums in Romania, Hungary, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as at Radstock.

This exhibition will run until August at the museum, which teamed up with the Department of European Studies at the University to produce its section. The exhibition was funded by a European Union Culture 2000 grant.

The exhibition's displays explore numerous mining themes, and include panels on women & mining and the history & social consequences of mining.

The Week was launched at the museum by Councillor Marian McNeir, Chairman of the Bath & North East Somerset Council, who praised the diverse programme on offer.

As part of the activities organised for the Week, lectures will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at Radstock Museum and on Thursday evening in Peasedown St John. Themes range from mining across the Roman Empire to the story of the small mining village of Peasedown St John.

As part of this collaboration which includes the University of Aix-en-Provence, two former miners from Radstock will be visiting Gardanne in the south of France. This is the site of the recent closure of the last working coal mine in France.

Gardanne was also the location for a conference on the issues surrounding the regeneration of coal mining areas in Europe which the Department of European Studies & Modern Languages of the University of Bath contributed to recently.

“The University is pleased to have this opportunity to collaborate with local community organisations like Radstock Museum on a project in which each partner can add value to the other's activities,” said Dr Hanna Diamond, senior lecturer at the Department of European Studies & Modern Languages.

In all there are 10 events taking place in the week and a full programme is shown below. For further information about any individual event please call Radstock Museum on 01761 437722.

European Mining Week: 8-15 May 2005

Sunday 8 May at Radstock Museum


Launch of European Mining Week, with the opening of the exhibition ‘Mémoires de la mine et identités culturelles en Europe'


Story telling for the young: mining tales told by Giles Abbott

Monday 9 May at Radstock Museum


Miners Reunion, supported by The Miners' Welfare Trust

Tuesday 10 May at Radstock Museum


Roman Mining – Somerset and the wider Empire A lecture by Stephen Clews Doors open 7.15pm: free entry – please reserve your ticket in advance

Wednesday 11 May at Radstock Museum


The History of North Somerset Mining Villages An illustrated talk by Dennis Chedgy Doors open 7.15pm: entry £2.00 - please reserve your ticket in advance

Thursday 12 May at St John's Church Hall, Peasedown St John


Peasedown St John – the Story of a Mining Village An illustrated talk by Dick Graham Doors open 7.15pm: free entry

Friday 13 May at Kilmersdon Village Hall


Mining Films – archive films from Somerset & ‘Brassed Off' (In association with Reel People, Film Society of the Year) Doors open 7.00pm; free entry – retiring collection.

Saturday 14 May at Radstock Museum

From 11am

‘A Miner's Tale' – film extracts on the recent play, performed by Somervale Thankful Players, showing throughout the day.


Meet the Authors & the Artists – Chris Handley, Alan Hammond, John Cornwell, Shane Gould, Roy Gallop, Ken Griffiths, Geoffrey Body, David Fisher & Peter McGuffy, will be at the Museum to share their knowledge and answer your questions.


Memories of Somerset Mining – A Documentary Film First showing of the film compiled as part of the Museum's Video Archive Project. By invitation only.

Sunday 15 May at Midford


Somerset Coal Canal Walk Led by Mike Chapman Meet at Twinhoe Lane, Midford – opposite Hope & Anchor public house – please park in lane. Free

Access to some events is restricted – please see individual events for details.


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