Monday, June 22, 2015
Celebrating The History Of The Derbyshire Miners
Friday 26 June is the centenary of the unveiling of the statues of Harvey (on your left)) and Haslam (right) outside the former Miners' Office on Saltergate in Chesterfield. The above photo was taken shortly after that event.
At 7 pm on Friday, 26 June a short ceremony will take place at the statues themselves to mark the occasion. From 6 pm, refreshments will be available at the Labour Club which is situated close to the statues, but on the opposite side of the road.
Harvey and Haslam were known as the "Twin Pillars of the Derbyshire Miners Association (DMA)", being its major founders and its leading officials from the time of its establishment in 1880 until their deaths just before the start of the First World War. They were also the first miners in Derbyshire to serve as local MPs.
On Saturday 27 June, the following events will be held at the Chesterfield Library to commemorate the unveiling.
(1) Talks at in the Library Threatre from 11am.
On Harvey and Haslam - Harry Barnes (a former tutor on Derbyshire Miners' Day Release Courses and then MP for NE Derbyshire from 1987-2005.)
On Derbyshire Mining in its final period - Cllr John Burrows (Leader of the Chesterfield Borough Council and a former DMA official).
(2) A round-table discussion on the history of the Derbyshire Miners from 1.15 pm.
Chair : John Halstead (Labour Historian and former tutor on Derbyshire Miners" Day Release Courses.)
Attendance at these events is free. Refreshment facilities are available in the Library.