Following on from successful Our Places courses in Sacriston and Darlington, we would like to run our third free adult education course in New Hartley. The group will research and explore their local industrial heritage, using resources from The Common Room’s archive. To showcase the results of their research, they then produce a pop-up banner, which we will display across the region and at our Opening Festival in February 2021.

We want to look at the history of the New Hartley colliery before, during and after the disaster of 1862 and how what happened changed mining practice.

What was the reaction of the mining engineers who met in Neville Hall in Newcastle? What is the historical link with The Common Room?

Led by local historian Dorothy Hamilton, who teaches local history courses for adults, this free adult education course is likely to be held on Wednesday afternoons, from Easter to mid-July 2020, in New Hartley. We are able to run this course for free, thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

If you are interested in joining, please get in touch with Dorothy by email or phone. Places are limited so please get in touch as soon as you can.

Phone: 07707 481 915

Hartley Colliery drawing by T.H.Hair