Mining Again

I had intended to make a second visit to Radstock museum in my response to

Henry Moore at an early stage but moving house got in the way so it was early

this week that I managed a productive second visit.

Now I am fairly sure that Henry Moore had nothing to do with the Somerset

coalfield but his father was a miner elsewhere and the  issues surrounding   sculpture in stone and mining the earth must have a resonance.

I was struck after arriving back at the Radstock museum  immediately when I saw a National Union of Mineworkers banner for   Somerset saying underneath South Wales brancah . Bizarre!After taking some photos I ended up in conversation with the woman in the teashop whose husband had been the shop steward, commented that the

Somerset miners were counted as part of the South Wales mines but were less radical and often went against union decisions.

She also said when she heard of my work that she would wish to know aboutHenry Moore’s mother, a good comment. I found J Dexter’s and Dr J West’s ‘Women in Mining Communities’ published by Radtock and midsomer Norton Museum Society. She also talked about present day workwith a sculptors on housing that was being built in Radstock commemorating the area’s past.

Sadly not yet found equivalent of Arthur Lockwood who made it his & his sons’  business as both an artist and social historian to document all  in paint industrial and related buildings before they disappeared in the West Midlands in my valued copy of Lockwood  ‘urban and industrial watercolors of Birmingham and the Black country’,Sansom and company and other publications.

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