Schoolchildren from Telford and Wrekin Discover their Mining Heritage

In Telford and Wrekin, pupils from John Randall Primary School and Priorslee Primary Academy contributed to the making of a short film encouraging schools to study their coal mining heritage.

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The stars were the pupils who were enthusiastic, professional and good humoured. In the film, the pupils conveyed a clear sense of why studying their coal mining heritage is so important to them.

Two people viewing a scene with a camera on a tripod and pupils and mining equipment visible in the background.
Nick Fogg and Mike Smart filming John Randall pupils and the Granville Boys at Blists Hill © Historic England

Local partnerships

Central to the film were the 'Granville Boys', a group of former Granville Colliery miners who are committed to supporting schools in learning about the history of coal mining. They visit schools with their kit, equipment and memories. They have now presented to over 400 pupils since the summer of 2015.

Pupils learning how to handle a video camera, supervised by an adult man.
John Randall pupils learning how to handle Mike Smart’s video camera © Historic England

The film's successful completion highlights Historic England's growing range of partnerships. The film was directed, filmed and produced by film makers Nick Fogg and Mike Smart. Some filming was completed on location at the National Coal Mining Museum of England, near Wakefield. The NCM gave free access, above and below ground, and were hugely supportive of the project. Filming also took place on location with the support of residents of Priorslee Village, St Michael's Church in Madeley and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust at Blists Hill.

Pupils and their teacher pose for a group photo in front of mining equipment at Blists Hill
John Randall pupils and their teacher, Sarah Wust, after filming on location at Blists Hill © Historic England
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