Ollerton Pit Village Online Exhibition Goes Live

Ollerton Colliery in Nottinghamshire, as well as its pit village, was designed and built by the Butterley Company in the 1920s. It was largely the brain child of Henry Eustace Mitton, the Agent and later General Manager of the company. The site was meant to be a model for other companies to use, and was highly innovative in many ways.

The colliery and village are the focus of a new Google Arts online exhibition featured on the Derbyshire Record Office’s Google Arts page. To have a look and learn more about the creation of the village, use the following link: https://artsandculture.google.com/story/OAUxL6DpcdK79A

Ollerton Colliery and Pit Village, 1940s, D5O3/91/7

I’m excited to finally share the exhibition as it’s been months in planning. For me in particular, Ollerton and the other surrounding former pit villages in Nottinghamshire, have a personal connection. My Dad was a signalman who worked many of the signal boxes that ran trains to these collieries. He sent one of the last trains into nearby Thoresby Colliery in 2015 and his insider knowledge has been invaluable.

There is much more coal mining content from our collections also available on our Google Arts page, ranging from photographs, paintings and plans, so do take a look at those too by clicking the Derbyshire Record Office logo at the bottom of the Ollerton exhibition page. Hope you enjoy!

Mining the Seams is a Wellcome Trust funded project aiming to catalogue coal mining documents, originally held by the National Coal Board, so they can eventually be viewed by the public. Alongside the Warwickshire County Record Office, the project aims to focus on the welfare and health services provided to miners. 

2 thoughts on “Ollerton Pit Village Online Exhibition Goes Live

  1. What a wonderful photo. My granddad, Reg Glossop, was the lamp man at the colliery when it opened and then worked in the time and wages office. My mum was born in one of the pit houses, number 5 Boughton Road (now known as Forest Road) and then they moved to 29 Walesby Road (Walesby Lane).

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