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Monday, 21 April 2014

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New-look museum makes plea for more volunteers

A CALL has gone out from Haig Mining Museum for more volunteers.

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plea: Mary Ann Lancaster

As it works towards its £2.4million refurbishment, the Whitehaven museum wants to increase its band of volunteers so more local people can be involved in the project.

If you are interested in history, enjoy research, or collecting oral history stories then the museum will be pleased to hear from you. Those with typing skills, good listeners and those who can sew will be welcomed too.

Museum employee Mary Ann Lancaster said: “The new museum will have the community and their mining heritage at its heart and having more people involved in its creation will encourage that and help to secure its long term future.”

Work is starting on interpretation and planning the exhibitions this week.

“We want to tell the story of mining across West Cumbria, and as well as the deep mines, we are keen to include opencast – the ‘sunshine miners’ – who perhaps worked at Keekle or other opencast sites,” said Mary Ann.

“So anyone who worked on Keekle is invited to share their oral history of that time, their experiences and information about opencast or contribute any artifacts they may have.

“We already have some road signs.”

Anyone interested in becoming involved can contact Mary Ann on 07714149351 or email malancaster@btinternet.com

Haig was built between 1914 and 1918 and will begin celebrating its centenary when it reopens in 2014. The museum was closed to the public at the end of July and is expected to be shut for 15 months while the work is carried out.

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