For over 100 years our mining families shaped the history of their villages and the story of that fight to survive and their achievements is a key part of the UK’ s heritage.
For twenty-eight years, since the closure of the Kent Coalfield, the Kent Mining Associations have worked on a voluntary basis to archive and keep alive our mining heritage and make sure our past is remembered.
Mill Hill and Betteshanger Mining Heritage CIC was developed this year out of other partnership projects to safeguard the heritage and contribute to giving our communities a future.
Whilst it is a relatively new Community Interest Company, those involved have been involved for the last twenty+ years in education, skills development and heritage preservation related to our mining heritage.
Specifically, Gary Cox has been Chair of the MoveTheMiner Campaign, Kent Miners Festival and along with Jim Davies, they were instrumental in setting up 2 local Mining Heritage Centres and both sit on the Kent Mining Heritage steering group for Hadlows “Betteshanger Sustainable Parks Project to build a Kent Mining Museum.
Jim Davies has collected, made film footage and given presentations and talks connected with mining heritage since Betteshanger closed in 1989. Together with other mining colleagues, those involved in the CIC have been prime movers in the development of the Kent Mining Heritage Museum, due to open in 2018.
We work principally in education and in the development of cultural activities. Key beneficiaries for our work and projects are elders, especially those from our communities and in areas of disadvantage and young people to enable them to participate fully in their communities and the wider world. We are particularly concerned for the next generation, many of whom are struggling in many ways.