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2008-09-23 18:00:26

FASCINATING archive film footage of the great days of coal mining in Northumberland will go on show at a former colliery, turned tourist attraction next month. Three films - showcasing the 1959 miners' picnic in Bedlington, the former Woodhorn Colliery in the 1970s and the transportation of coal from the old Ashington Colliery - will be shown at the special screening at the Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre on the afternoon of Wednesday October 1. The miners' picnic footage,...

2008-09-23 18:00:25

A SPECIAL screening of archive film footage is set to bring memories of Northumberland coal mining into the 21st Century. Three films - showcasing the 1959 miners' picnic in Bedlington, the former Woodhorn Colliery in the '70s and the transportation of coal from the old Ashington Colliery - will be shown the Woodhorn Museum and Archives Centre. Taking place on Wednesday October 1, the screening is free, but those wanting to attend should either book a place in advance on (01670) 528 080...

2008-08-18 00:00:30

MINERS are being sought at a Northumberland colliery for the first time in more than 25 years. But it is their memories and experiences rather than physical labour which is now required. No one has worked underground at the former Woodhorn Colliery, near Ashington, since it closed in 1982, and it is now a nationally-important visitor and archives centre following a pounds 16m lottery-funded revamp. Now Woodhorn managers want ex-miners and pitmen's wives and families to come back to help...

2008-07-23 18:00:41

PEOPLE'S enduring fascination with the pit ponies who toiled for centuries in Britain's mines has inspired the latest book by a North East author, historian and former mineworker. Retired college lecturer Mike Kirkup - who has written a series of books on the region's mining heritage - says 'Pit Ponies' is a record of the vital work carried out by horses below and above ground during the heyday of an industry now extinct in the North East. The 40-page, fully-illustrated book includes...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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