The photographs, stories and documents included on this site have been collected as part of a Heritage lottery funded education project connected to Newstead and Annesley Country Park. A key aim has been to establish a timeline of the area’s history and explore the evolution of the park’s landscape which has gone through several changes over the last 150 years developing from farmland into a busy industrial site featuring productive collieries and a substantial rail yard. More recently the area was used for tipping colliery spoil and then reformed to manage waste water through the creation of the colliery lagoons and ponds which dominate the park’s landscape today. Since the closure of Newstead and Annesley collieries the area has been recolonized by nature providing a home for a range of wildlife and birds, an introductory booklet describing the park’s environment is available here.

The project has also explored the history of the nearby colliery villages by interviewing former miners and members of the community, about their memories and experiences of living in the area, extracts are featured in the audio and video section. The project also discovered a collection of documentary photographs made in Newstead by Barbara Winter in the between 1976-78 offering a glimpse of life in a colliery village. Young people from Newstead Primary school have also made their own photographs responding to the older photos and reflecting on life in Newstead and Annesley today.

We have been extremely fortunate to find that several local people have already created substantial collections of photographs and documents relating to the area’s history which they have shared with this project. Many of these collections and projects are also available online and we have created a substantial links area on this site which we hope will provide a useful point of reference for people interested in the area’s history.

We would like to thank all the local people who shared personal photographs, collections and stories with the project, in particular Barbara Winter, Dr. David Amos, Bob Collier, Shane Phillips, Meloni Poole, David Skinner and Newstead Women’s Institute. In addition all the members of the park’s environmental steering group who shared their knowledge and time along with the participating community groups including Newstead School, Surestart, CAST and Annesley Youth Club.

link to timelinelink to maps and documentslinksgalleries sectionlink to video and audio section