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The ART of Mining is an illustrative look at the working life of coal miners and their daily working environment in the coal mines.

The idea for “The ART of Mining” came about from a nostalgic sense of my early days in Coal Mining. Having returned to the UK after 14 years overseas, the industry as I knew it, had all but gone. The landscape had changed and the majority of miners had moved on to new jobs and new lives.

The Legacy

The Legacy
The King is Dead – Long live the King Coal Mining as we know it in the United Kingdom is now...

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About Me

About Me
A Bit about me .. Alan “Archie” Andrews   Most of my childhood (early 1970’s) I grew up in the...

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Projects

Projects
ART of Mining is an ongoing mix of art and media projects. It inlcudes Art, Animation and now Virtual Reality!

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Pit Mouse

Pit Mouse
About - Pit Mouse Pit Mouse Colliery is situated some 3 trillion light years from 1984. But with modern technology...

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Many still live around locally and it’s often I’ll hear men say “I wish we were back at pit Archie”, or at the very least state “you don’t get that kind of camaraderie elsewhere and you’ll never get it again”.

There’s a growing number of social networking sites and groups these days were ex miners reminisce of the times gone by and share artefacts and pictures of their proud past. Still to this day there remains a great sense of pride. However it also carries an undertone of melancholy within. After all, the loss of a great workforce and its social upheaval have left behind it a deep scar in history.

Maybe I should have called it “The HEART of Mining” :/