A new project is searching for people to share their stories about the coal mining heritage within the city of Durham.

Supported by Redhills and Durham University, the project will see the creation of an interactive online map. With the permission of contributors, this will include written stories, photographs and if possible, audio recordings. 

The project is being run by Gemma Wainwright, a masters student who grew up in the city.

She said: “Big or small, we would love to hear a range of stories, which could be anything from personal memories and family traditions, to stories passed down through the generations. 

“The interactive map will preserve and share these stories, ensuring that they are not lost and can be viewed by future generations.”

The stories could relate to places in the city such as former colliery sites, the route of the Durham Miners Gala, Redhills, the first Miners Hall on North Road or the Market Tavern, where the Durham Miners Association was founded in 1869.

For more information, or to get involved please contact Gemma Wainwright at Durham University via email to: gemma.wainwright@durham.ac.uk