When Coal Was King – The Colouring Wall

When Coal Was King – The Colouring Wall

Local artist Alan Grieve is pictured preparing for his ‘Colouring-in Wall’ that he will be curating as part of the ‘When Coal Was King’ event that will be taking place in the Kingsgate Shopping Centre from Wednesday 17th-Sunday 21st May.

Supported by the Dunfermline Press as Media Partners, the event will bring the story of mining to a modern-day audience and include exhibitions from a wide variety of mining organisations throughout the Kingsgate.

Visitors will be able to handle many of the everyday items used underground such as safety lamps and the equipment used underground to give them an understanding of what life was like in an industry that no longer exists in Scotland.

Alan had help from Harris Grieve and Hannah McRitchie and enjoyed trialling the mural:
“I will be outside Starbucks every day during the exhibition and will have a much bigger version of the Colouring-in Wall for people to come and contribute to. All ages are welcome. Mining played a big part in my own family’s history, as well as many of my friends and colleagues, and I’m very much looking forward to being part of this event”.

‘When Coal Was King’ will be launched at Fire Station Creative on Tuesday 16th May at 7.00pm with a Panel event entitled ‘Mining Past Present and future’ that will include among others the Presdident of the Natonal union of Mineworkers, Nicky Wilson. Alan Kenney, ex-Fife Councillor and Mining Engineer, who will be appearing alongside Nicky Wilson is keen to share some of the stories from his own long and ongoing career in the industry:

“While working on pulling this event together with the wide variety of mining organisations that will be taking part, such as the Fife Mining Heritage group, the Coalfields Regenerations Trust, Carlow Miners Home and the West Fife Mining Heritage Group I’ve been reminded of many of the colourful characters I was involved with over the years and I’m looking forward to sharing these stories with the audience at the Fire Station. We will also be providing members of the public who visit the various exhibitions in the Kingsgate with information on benefits available to ex miners and also holidays in the Carlow Miners Home in Culross ” he said.

Kate Walker of ‘Chatterbox Stories,’ in conjunction with the National Mining Museum of Scotland, will be working with local schools Townhill, Belleyoman and InverkeithingPrimaries in advance of the event and will then be hosting the pupils in the Kingsgate Centre where she will regale them with tales about the ‘Treasures and Dangers’ of working underground.

More details on ‘When Coal Was King’ can be found on visitdunfermline.com/coal-king-event