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Tue, 19 Oct


Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

'Releasing the Genie of Coal' Book Launch

Ahead of the Glasgow COP26 Conference in November, the Land of Oak & Iron is organising a programme of related events, including the launch of the new book 'Releasing the Genie of Coal' on Tuesday 19th October.

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'Releasing the Genie of Coal' Book Launch
'Releasing the Genie of Coal' Book Launch

Time & Location

19 Oct 2021, 18:30 – 20:30

Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne NE21 6RU, UK

About the Event

Working with Peter Start OBE and Dr William Lancaster (old friends and local lads), Land of Oak & Iron Trust volunteers have produced the book. For schools, the Trust have produced a free, downloadable PowerPoint aimed at KS4/5 and staff CPD.

Historian Bill Lancaster reveals how nationally significant the Derwent Valley has been in the development of the mining industry.

Peter Stark's visionary essay poses the fascinating question as to whether the level of innovation involved in the industrial developments in the area's deep mining, railways and coal-fired power stations could not now be applied to the global challenges we face.

The book is illustrated with colour photographs, graphs, historic maps and engravings and can be purchased at the book launch.  If you can't make it to the launch evening, you can also purchase from the Land of Oak & Iron History Portal:

Tickets for the evening event at the Heritage Centre are £12.50 including a glass of wine (or juice) and a platter of nibbles.

Please note, you may need to share a table with other guests.


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