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EPIP industrial heritage programme

 Westwood Colliery Disaster Memorial

"How brave are the colliers beneath the ground"

In March 2012 the East Peak Industrial Heritage Programme helped to support a community project in High Green to commorate the 150th anniversary of a mining accident at the former Westwood Colliery, on 4th April 1862, in which six miners lost their lives. The project was delivered by a coalition of community and volunteer groups from the local area, including the Six Jolly Miners, High Green History Group, High Green in Bloom, High Green Miners Welfare and High Green Primary School, with support from the Sheffield City Council Northern Assembly and Ecclesfield Parish Council.

Members of Maltby Phoenix Sword (photograph copyright Sheffield City Council)

The end of the project was marked by the Six Miners Memorial event on 24th March 2012 at the High Green Miners Welfare Hall. The event included re-enactments by pupils from High Green Primary school and High Hopes Community Group drama club, traditional dances by the Six Jolly Miners and Maltby Phoenix Sword, along with commemorative songs, music and poems, and an industrial history exhibition by High Green History group. The day culminated in the unveiling of a commemorative plaque which recalls the names of the men and boys who died in the accident, as well as a tribute to all those from the area who died working in local mines. 

Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley and Councillor Vic Bowden (photograph copyright Sheffield City Council)

A floral tribute was also created by the High Green in Bloom group, consisting of a decorative pot outside the miners welfare in which six roses were planted, one for each miner who lost their life. The final rose was planted by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Sylvia Dunkley (see photograph above). The event was very well attended, and the groups involved are hoping to develop further work to highlight the importance of industrial heritage sites in the local area.

  

The Industrial Heritage Support Programme provided funding for the memorial plaque, the planter and a commemorative booklet of the event. For more information please see visit the Westwood Colliery page of the Six Jolly Miners website. 

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