Pit Talk of the East Midlands


Do you know your ‘banjo’ from your ‘elephant tab’?

Natalie Braber will discuss her research into Pit Talk of the East Midlands, investigating the distinctive identity and vocabulary of mining communities across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. With Donisthorpe Colliery having closed in 1991, the last coal mine within the Heart of the Forest, the language of miners is at risk of dying out. Through her research Natalie is collecting, recording and analysing words and phrases spoken amongst miners. This talk will focus upon some of these distinctive words and expressions as well as looking at common themes and topics talked about by miners, with an opportunity for people to contribute their own terms and experiences at the end of the discussion.

Capacity for this talk is limited. To guarantee a place please make sure you book by contacting 01283 551211 or email


Statue of a miner holding up a mining lamp

Event Information

Date:07 Feb 2017

Time:7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Address:National Forest YHA
48 Bath Ln
DE12 6BD
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