As part of the ‘30 Years of project‘ from Re-dock, St Helens Ex-miners were treated to a visit to the National coal mining museum in Wakefeild. The visit included a guided tour down the original Caphouse Colliery mine which is about the height of the Blackpool tower underground. The miners thoroughly enjoyed the trip and had allot to talk about with the guide who himself was an ex-miner. Non ex-miners learned about the atrocious working conditions down the pit which was cramped, dark, dusty, loud and often in sweltering heat. The trip was a brilliant opportunity for the ex-miners of St Helens to reminisce and for non ex-miners to learn anew of the hardships, struggles and victories of mining as well as the huge impact it has had on all of our collective histories.
Children from Nutgrove Methodist school were recently treated to a tour of the Dream monument located on the site of the former colliery in Sutton Manor.
The class were very impressed with the trip and made the following comments:
- I enjoyed the walk up to the Dream. I enjoyed it with you Gary. I think it was the best trip ever, Thank You.
- I loved the School trip, I loved the Dream, thank you for taking us to the dream.
- I liked the Dream the best because it was jinamas and it was really interesting. Thank you for taking us there.
- I liked it when you said when we get round the corner there will be… the Dream. I was so excited and happy and amazed.
- I can’t believe that you know so much. I want to go again. Did you enjoy it Gary?
- Thank you Gary for telling us about the Dream Gary, now I know everything about the Dream!