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THE KELTY MINING HERITAGE EXHIBITION

26th and 27th March 2017


Kelty Celebrates Its Mining Heritage

Kelty celebrated the contribution that coal mining has made to the local community with and exhibition of mining heritage. Working with the Scottish Mining Museum and mining historian Chris Sparling, local history was told in pictures, print and prose. There were displays of equipment worn and used by miners and the mines rescue service and a replica of a miner’s row cottage complete with a cast iron range a tin bath and a canary. Visitors were treated to some humorous memories of a retired miner by Pat Rattray and on a more serious note the role of women in mining by Maggie Wright and finally Henry Hynd gave an account of the 1957 Lindsay Pit Disaster. For younger visitors there was the opportunity to try games that their grandparents would have played and the chance to experience the cramped and dark space that a miner would have to work in. Pupils from Kelty Primary School performed a song, to commemorate Jenny Lee, to the visitors and pupils from St Joseph’s RC Primary School, on Monday afternoon. Convenor of the Kelty Mining Heritage Group, Betty Rodden, said that the event has exceeded her expectations. She would like to thank all those who have contributed artefacts and expertise to the exhibition and to members of the public for their support.     

setting up the hall

Setting up the hall Saturday morning

Setting up the hall

Positioning the photographs

Setting up the hall

Preparing the photographs for hanging

Setting up the hall

The Kelty Gala stand

Setting up the hall

The miner's cottage

Setting up the hall

Constructing the faceline

Setting up the hall

Constructing the faceline

St Joseph's RC Primary School

All the exhibits on this stand were produced by the children at St Joseph's.

The opening ceremony

Visitors were entertained by the Kelty and Blairadam Pipe Band.

The Opening Ceremony

Vote of thanks by Mrs Betty Rodden.

The opening ceremony

Vote of thanks by Mrs Betty Rodden.

The opening ceremony

The exhibition was officially opened by Pat Rattray, Henry Hynd and Jim Brydie.

The main display area

The main display area Sunday afternoon

The main display area

The main display area Sunday afternoon

The main display area

Jim Brydie with his simulated faceline

The main display area

The main display area Sunday afternoon

The main display area

The miner's cottage

The main display area

The miner's cottage

The main display area

Working with coal stand

The main display area

Dressed for work

The main display area

The main display area

Dave Reid with a quoit

The main display area

The Kelty Gala stand

The main display area

The Mines Rescue Service

The main display area

The main display area

Kelty Library

Jim Douglas in front of his mural in Kelty Library

The break out room

Maggie Wright gave a presentation on women and the pits.

The main display area

The main display area

Pat Rattray demonstrates the gird and cleek.

Kelty Primary School

Children from Kelty Primary School performed their tribute to Jennie Lee.

The Kelty Mining Heritage Group

The members of the team

  
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