A mining statue for Doncaster

Doncaster residents are being asked to help shape a top quality piece of public art which celebrates the town’s proud mining heritage.


Thank you to everyone who visited A Rich Seam exhibition at the Frenchgate. We were very moved by the mining stories and memories of visitors to the exhibition. 

Although the exhibition has ended, the mock up of the sculpture will be available to view downstairs in the Frenchgate, near TK Maxx for the next four weeks.

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Our crowd funding campaign to raise £130,000 to bring the design to life is also underway - please spread the word. People can pledge online at  www.doncastersminingstatue.org.uk (no money will be taken before the campaign ends, and it’s completely secure). 

Doncaster has a proud industrial heritage, not least of which is a long association with mining. Our borough has been home to twelve collieries employing thousands of men and women. With the final closure of the Hatfield pit in 2015, a chapter of our mining history came to an end, but that isn’t the end of the book…

Our mining story lives on in the hearts and minds and experiences of our ex-miners and their families – and in their stories.

Working with internationally acclaimed sculptor Laurence Edwards, we have a plan for a wonderful monument to our mining past, a sculpture that will capture these voices and stories for generations to come, and celebrate a way of life that has been so important to the town.

What we need from you is a pledge, a promise to help make this important project happen. It doesn’t matter whether it is £2 or £20,000 (or more). What your money is paying for is a world class, iconic sculpture which will permanently commemorate those ordinary men and women who worked so hard to put our borough on the map.

For more information about the project, please email culture@doncaster.gov.uk

A Rich Seam 

An exhibition of the designs for the miners statue was held at the Frenchgate Centre from Monday 9th July – 4 August 2018.

A Rich Seam article
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Open forum and artist talks at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and Doncaster College.

Laurence was able to listen to mining stories and look at any artefacts to help him devise the style and design of the artwork.

Details of Doncaster's former mines are set out in the document below:

Doncaster Mining Heritage factsheet
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We want as many people as possible to be part of this project and help make it a reality. To find out more please email culture@doncaster.gov.uk or call: 01302 734620.

Last updated: 31 August 2018 10:46:13