Town centre monument plan to mark Doncaster mining heritage

An initial sketch by the artist for a planed mining memorial in Doncaster town centre. The final design will be shaped through conversations with residents and former miners, at consultation events.
An initial sketch by the artist for a planed mining memorial in Doncaster town centre. The final design will be shaped through conversations with residents and former miners, at consultation events.

Plans are being drawn up for a permanent piece of public art to mark Doncaster's mining heritage.

Doncaster Council has commissioned the artist Laurence Edwards to devise the artwork which represents each of Doncaster’s former mining communities and what mining meant to the whole borough.

It will be displayed in a prominent location in Doncaster town centre which is easily accessible to Doncaster residents.

A series of public consultation events are being held in the coming weeks.

The final design will be revealed in spring 2018.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “This flagship piece will recognise what mining meant to communities right across the borough. It will celebrate our past but will look forward to the future by being a bold piece of art which complements our regeneration plans for Doncaster town centre helping to create a vibrant place to visit and explore. This will be great art for Doncaster for everyone to enjoy.”

Coun Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, said: "For decades mining was the lifeblood of many of our communities and we want to recognise that fact with a great piece of art which they can all call their own. Far from just remember our past, the intention is to create art that captures the imagination of people and becomes another draw for people to visit Doncaster town centre."

Residents are being encouraged to attend one of the consultation events taking place at:

• Hatfields pub, 10 November 10, from 5-6pm

• Armthorpe Community Centre, Friday November 10 from 7-8pm

• Doncaster Trades Club, Frenchgate Centre on Saturday November11 from 10-11am

• Brodsworth Miners Welfare Club Saturday November 11 from 1-2pm

• Denaby and Cadeby Miners Welfare, Saturday November 11 from 7-8pm

The intention is to crowdfund for the piece of art. Fabrication work will start once the funding is in place and the designs have been revealed, with installation to follow.