Coal Mining: It’s the Pits
With the consequences of climate change becoming more obvious with each passing year, society is aware of the effect of burning fossil fuels. In 2022, 40% of the UK’s energy was produced using renewable energy sources. So why are fossil fuels still in use?
Increasing demands for energy in the production of steel and the creation of electricity mean that companies are actively burning fossil fuels, with the need for coal being especially high. Coal releases large amounts of energy when burnt, however, it also emits gases which are dangerous to our environment and increase the risk of global warming.
Although society is not yet ready to stop burning coal entirely, the scar which mines create on the rural landscape, alongside the physical and environmental dangers they pose, leads to a broad consensus that coal mines should be a thing of the past.
Using photographs and objects compiled by Anna Church, a placement student completing a MA in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, this exhibition explores the rural history and uses of coal through the years.