Friday, 27 July 2012

News - Memorial work wins accolade (

A heritage society has won an award for its work with children and young people at the Nottinghamshire Heritage Awards ceremony in Nottingham.

Bilsthorpe Heritage Society was honoured for its work on its Miners’ Memorial, erected last year to commemorate the miners who died at Bilsthorpe pit between 1927 and 1997.

When planning the project, the society went to schools and asked the children to design how they thought the monument should look.

After receiving 240 suggestions from pupils, the society shortlisted 12 drawings which were narrowed down to three by an independent panel.

Finally a public vote decided the winner, and children attended the memorial opening.

Mr Trevor Goodman, chairman of Bilsthorpe Heritage Society, said: “It’s a big thing for us, and it’s nice to be recognised. We see it as an award for the whole village rather than just the society.

“A lot of the children we asked have had grandparents or other family connected to the pit, and before the memorial was erected there was nothing to remind them of the village’s history.”

The society, which has about 25 members, also won an inspiration award and was highly commended by Nottinghamshire Heritage Forum and Nottingham Trent University.

Dr Kevin Gould, history lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The awards reflect the excellence in Nottinghamshire’s heritage and the great work that goes into caring for it, and enabling people to enjoy it.”

The monument cost £14,000 and contains the names of 77 miners who died.


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