Share mining memories to help remember Derbyshire coal area legacy

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Former miners can help shape an innovative new artwork that honours a mining area’s legacy.

Students at Netherthorpe School, Staveley, Chesterfield, are hosting a drop-in session to collect memorabilia and memories on Saturday, April 27, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Materials will be used in the creation of a new artwork called Walking Together at regeneration site Markham Vale.

The £188,000 scheme will provide a walking tour of Markham’s mining heritage in the form of 100 steel figures on a route through the site.

Each figure will carry 12 tags, bearing the names of former miners, that trigger the playing of video, audio and written works on mobile devices.

Artist Stephen Broadbent is creating the piece.

Derbyshire County Council is investing £77 million in the site, near Bolsover, with the aim of creating 5,000 jobs.