Stoke & Staffordshire

Ex-miners sought for Silverdale Colliery area story

Silverdale Colliery
Image caption Silverdale Colliery shut in 1998 with the loss of 330 jobs. Mine owners, Midlands Mining, said the coal supply had run out.

Memories and photos are being collected to tell the story of a former colliery, which shut nearly 20 years ago after more than 100 years of mining.

A history trail is being created at the site of the former Silverdale Colliery in Staffordshire, now a country park.

The colliery, at Newcastle-under-Lyme, shut in 1998.

Regeneration charity Groundwork West Midlands, which manages the site, has received £57,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project.

Called Silverdale Our Story, the project will support volunteers to engage with people in the area.

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Interpretation boards will be put up around the park and a website, featuring oral histories from former miners and villagers will go live in 2017.

Image caption Silverdale Colliery opened in the 1830s and shut in 1998

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