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Can anyone give me information regarding the accident and who the deceased were please?
Many thanks,Ken Wain
It would appear that on the 18th Jun 1946 a haulage rope in a road way broke killing Alfred Carter, 47 - Ebenezer Whitworth, 36 - Arthur Barley, 41 - Walter William Gettings, 40 - Frederick G H Powers, 36. John William Usher, 49 died 2 days later.
19 November 2012 - A new artwork called 'Walking Together' is to be built in a £188,000 scheme. It will provide a walking tour of Markham's mining heritage in the form of 100 steel figures on a route through the site, symbolising the walk to and from the pit head by miners. We want former miners and their families to share their memories to help shape an exciting new artwork on the site of our flagship regeneration scheme.
Since I last contacted you, re the book I am just completing, I was invited to join the steering committee for setting up a memorial for the miners that were sadly lost in all the Markham accident’s and disaster’s.
We are progressing well ,the idea was initiated by Derbyshire County Council and will cost in the region of £188,000, as part of the Markham Vale project, which is a project to redevelop the site of the old Markham Collieries.
The memorial will not be in the usual “Half a winding wheel format”, but more of a forward looking art form for future generations.
The memorial is called “Walking Together” representing the miner’s walking to and from the pit.
This will be achieved by a series of stainless steel figures, either singularly or in groups, set into the ground along a winding trail leading to and from the old Colliery site. It is designed by the Artist Steven Broadbent who has designed similar projects all over the country.
An exciting addition to the design is the addition of a wall on which will be mounted plaques with information of all the miners.
The wall will be sited at the start of the trail beside the new “Environment Centre” at Duckmanton.
Modern technology is engaged into the design which will allow anyone to listen to information and stories associated with the events and families of those involved.
On the figures themselves will be imitation pit checks which will also have similar technology and the facility of being able to use your mobile phone to see and read the information and stories, and ”Apps” to access the same.
This is a totally computerised system.
Local Schools are currently in harness with us, with the children doing projects by talking to their parents and grandparents about the Markham Collieries and the disasters etc .and we are asking for local ex miner’s from these Collieries to contact us with a view to submitting information or better still to join the group to help us with the project.
If you or any of your web site readers are able to help or would just like further information as things develop I will be only too willing to oblige if you send me e-mail addresses.
P.S. I will send you details of the next meeting when I have a date and venue details.
Hi Fionn my father, Joseph William Brocklehurst, was in intensive care after the accident, along with five other men, all died as the days past. My dad was taken to the theatre for a tracheotomy on the 2nd of August where he died.
He left behind 4 daughters a son and my mum.
As its 40 yrs this year my family and me thought it would be nice to have a service at the Crooked spire and somewhere to meet afterwards, I would hope the local council could be involved, as these were all local men, don’t know if you would be able to give some guidance in this area.
Also how do I get in contact with the other families?
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19 November 2012
We want former miners and their families to share their memories to help shape an exciting new artwork on the site of our flagship regeneration scheme.