Heritage of Fossil Fuel Communities



An obvious place where change will come is in energy provision. The requirements to move away from fossil fuels will inevitably lead to the scaling down and closure of coal, oil and gas extraction facilities. However, communities have built up around these industries and they are themselves unsustainable without them.

One only needs to look to the pits closures of the 1980s and 1990s to see how the closures devastated local communities. Take, for example, the impact of the closure of Nottingham’s Newstead Colliery

Communities have had to be highly creative to regenerate but the Arts and Humanities have played a role in this, and there is considerable potential for collaboration. Arts and Humanities are also vital for preserving the memories and experiences of communities, be it through:


Oral history projects