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Book and video celebrate the Walking Together mining memorial project

Published: 25 April 2023

We have launched a short video and a book to celebrate the Walking Together Mining Memorial project, telling its story and giving fresh insights.

Peter Storey, Chris Beech, David Wells, Tony King, Trudi Saxton, Frances Smith
Pictured at the launch are: back row (left to right) Peter Storey (Derbyshire County Council), Chris Beech (Derbyshire County Council), David Wells (HBD), Tony King (Derbyshire County Council). Front row (left to right) Trudi Saxton (Derbyshire County Council), Frances Smith (Beam).

Walking Together is a memorial trail at Markham Vale Business Park – the former Markham Colliery area. The trail commemorates the 106 miners who lost their lives in the 3 major disasters at Markham Colliery in 1937, 1938 and 1973 with a sculptural steel figure for each one. Figures have been gradually added over a 10-year journey which was completed in October 2022. The project has been led by the county council, HBD (formerly known as Henry Boot Developments) and Markham Vale Heritage Group volunteers, coordinated by the arts charity Beam and enabled by many funders, sponsors and supporters.

Artist Stephen Broadbent developed the concept with guidance from the local community. The route symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit - and back home again. Each figure bears a tag with the name of the miner, his age, occupation and the year of the disaster.

The newly launched Walking Together book shares new creative writing, stories and artwork inspired by Markham’s mining heritage and is available to borrow from our libraries. It is also available as an online downloadable version that can be found on the Story Mine website along with the video.

Our Cabinet Member for Clean Growth and Regeneration, Tony King, said:

“I have been involved in this wonderful, poignant project for over 6 years. Those involved feel like old friends and it’s thanks to the dedication of the Markham Vale Heritage Group that we now have this excellent book and video to share far and wide.

“I’d encourage anyone to explore the stories of the miners and their families which give a fascinating insight to our industrial and social history.”

The Walking Together book and video are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have been involved in the project throughout.

Find out more about the Walking Together Mining Memorial project.