News and activities
Photography Competition: Best Route Shot
As part of the one year birthday celebration, Landscape Legacies of Coal is holding a Photography Competition ‘Best Route Shot’. It can be anything you want a landscape, a
The winning entry will receive two free tickets to the National Mining Museum Scotland and a framed copy of the print. This will be exhibited in the University Art Collection as
Yvonne has kindly agreed to select the winning entry which will be announced at the birthday celebration. Please email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact
Closing date extended until we have a new date for the postponed Birthday Party. So please keep sending your images.
Landscape Legacies of Coal 1st Birthday Celebration
Following guidance regarding COVID-19 unfortunately we have had to postpone the event. Hopefully we will be able to celebrate later on in the year.
The ‘Coal App’ will be one year old in April. We have expanded from just 3 routes back in early 2019 to 10 live on the app with an additional 11 in various stages of planning. We are going to celebrate with coffee, cake (absolutely fundamental to all our field work) and a range of speakers all who have involved in making our first year a huge success. These include Murray Dickie from the Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society, Nicola Moss and David Bell from the National Mining Museum who are going to talk about their excellent but underused archives and collections.
Mining the Future: The Coal App, One Year on And What’s in Store
Catherine Mills, University of Stirling
On the Trail of Coal
David Bell, National Mining Museum Scotland
Colliery Waggonways - the Development that Shaped the Clackmannanshire Coal Industry
Murray Dickie, Clackmannanshire Field Studies Society
Miner Poets and their Landscape
Julieann McHale, University of Stirling
Going Coal Mining - Exploring the Linn Mill Walk
Kat Pruente, University of Stirling
Collieries, Canals and the Coal Baron
Lisa Snedden, University of Stirling
Past events and activities
The ‘coal app’ was formally launched on 18th April 2019 at Creative Stirling (44 King Street). Miles Oglethorpe Head of Industrial Heritage at HES opened the event with a talk entitled ‘Losing Our Mines: Remembering the Scottish Coal industry. This was followed by Julie Ellen, the Artistic Director at MacRobert Arts Centre. Julie presented the origins of the project in ‘How Coal Created Heat: a fire starter to partnership’. This was followed by Catherine introduced the app, its aims, the content and how local communities can get involved.
Research Images competition
The project image titled ‘A Landscape Legacy of Coal’ was awarded second prize in the University's Research Images competition.
History of the Devon Colliery Beam Engine at Open Doors Day
Andrew Wood from Clackmannan Field Studies Society and Catherine talked visitors through the History of the Devon Colliery Beam Engine at Open Doors Days 29th September, 2019. The Beam engine features on two routes on the app ‘Devon’ and ‘Alloa Waggonway Walk Three’.
Catherine presented the project and the coal app at the ‘Mining History and Archaeology: Towards a Research Strategy’ conference at Leadhills, South Lanarkshire 19th October, 2019.
Catherine is looking forward to collaborating with artist Yvonne Weighand Lyle, the University Art Collection and PhD student Julieann McHale on an art exhibition focusing on Newbattle parish to explore ideas around ‘mapping place’ in the context of coal mining (April-September 2020) and a public event based around the spoken word and mining landscapes (date in April 2020 TBC).
Catherine is also looking forward to working with Vicki Robb, Education Officer at the Mining Museum on a ‘schools project’ with Newtongrange Primary School exploring the mining community’s social landscape. Again provisional dates for this are late April/early May 2020.