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In Our Own Words: exploring coal mining through folk song

Written by Bryony Griffith in partnership with the National Coal Mining Museum for England and Wakefield Music Education Hub.

This project aimed to inspire the learning and engagement of primary school pupils with the context, history and heritage of the coal mining industry and its wider community. This project grew from a partnership formed between the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) and Wakefield Music Education Hub (WMEH).

The songs that were composed and written during the project form the basis for some of the activities presented here, and we hope they will be useful and stimulating for other groups in the future, including the next generation of pupils within the schools that took part.

Audio recordings of all the songs presented in this resource are freely available for download from the Audio tab at the top of this window.

 

This pack is designed to be used in conjunction with a visit to NCMME, however, there is much in it which can be used independently. You may also be interested in using the following additional resources, all available from the EFDSS Resource Bank:

 

More videos

  • A Collier Lad - sung by Girnhill school

    Download: mp3(1.02MB) ogg(859.31KB)
  • A Collier Lad - sung by North Featherstone school

    Download: mp3(934.12KB) ogg(787.07KB)
  • Blue Scars - sung by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(4.82MB) ogg(4.00MB)
  • Shots Fired - sung by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(2.90MB) ogg(2.43MB)
  • The Miner's Dream - sung by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(2.63MB) ogg(2.19MB)
  • The Pony Driver - sung by St Thomas' school

    Download: mp3(1.39MB) ogg(1.16MB)
  • Tools of the Trade - sung by Bryony Griffith

    Download: mp3(2.14MB) ogg(1.80MB)

Digital Archive records related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.

Maps on the Full English site related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.