Join us here on Facebook and on the main website (www.blantyreproject.com) from next Tuesday to explore the Blantyre Pit Disaster.
For the last 8 years I’ve posted information about the disaster and held a series of talks in schools and clubs. This year, as well as the commemorative service and remembrance events, over a whole week, the story of the disaster will be told here in unprecedented detail, hour by hour as it happened, the product of many weeks of research.
I’m excited also to exclusively announce within that week, I’ll also be posting my research for many of the miners who died, part of my overall project to eventually tell the life stories of ALL the boys and men who died. Exploring their backgrounds, putting each of their stories in context on that terrible day and showing what became of their families left behind. The hope is in a few years, the individual stories of every one of the 215 miners who died will be told and freely available on Blantyre Project.
Needless to say, I’ve scheduled some fantastic research for that whole week. All this forms part of my Blantyre Mining Heritage book for release next year, “Hollow Earth & Hardship.”
Don’t forget too, my very good friend Gordon Cook is kindly presenting the story of the disaster next Tuesday evening on screen at Blantyre Old Parish Church. Gordon is very informative and knowledgeable, especially on this subject so I hope you can make it along that evening too.