About The Story Mine

About The Story Mine

‘The Story Mine’, is a project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Derbyshire County Council to unearth and share stories from Markham Colliery, project managed by Beam. This website features the stories of the men who died in the three major disasters at Markham (1937, 38 & 73), alongside further information about mining life in the area. The information on this website has been gathered by a volunteer research team using the resources at Derbyshire Record Office, Ancestry and other sources. Where possible we have fact checked the information and gained approval of relatives to share it. If you are aware of any inaccuracies or have additions or information please contact us so that it can be amended. Research is an ongoing process so if you do not see information relating to an individual who died in one of the three major disasters on the website yet - it is under development with our research team. Eventually we will feature the stories of all 106 men.


Sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the stories of the Markham miners and their families are not forgotten.

With special thanks to our project community engagement officer Lynn Ludditt and the volunteer project group and Story Mine contributors (in alphabetical order by first name) -

Alison Bull; Alan & Kenneth Burrows; Graeme Challands; Anthea & Stuart Covell; Elaine Tidd; Frank and Olive Milnes; Ian Pyatt; John Jack Carrington; Julia Haywood; Ken Wain; Paul Burkitt; Paul Rough & Mick Atak; Sandra Pembleton; Sandra Struggles; Shane Cooper; Steve and Ann Haywood; Vicky Jacques; & Wendy Stevenson.

And to organisations -

Barlborough Heritage Centre, John Tipper; Broadbent Studio, Artist Stephen Broadbent, Mandy Taylor & Julia Johnson; Derbyshire County Council Libraries; Derbyshire Record Office, Karen Millhouse, Sarah Chubb and Becky Sheldon; Duckmanton Miner's Welfare; Duckmanton Primary School Staff, Pupils and Parents; East Midlands Oral History Archive, Colin Hyde; Embers Theatre Company; Harper Creative, James Harper & Rachel Lee; Henry Boot Developments; Markham Mining Memorial Community Working Group; Markham Vale Environment Centre - Trudi Saxton, Debbie Renshaw and Sue Gozzard; Poolsbrook Miner's Welfare; Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa; Staveley Historical Society; Stream 7, Darren Wain; University of Wolverhampton, Grace Millar.


Photos from The Story Mine project.