Blot on the landscape exhibition

LS26 Local were honoured to be invited to the opening ceremony of the new mining exhibition ‘Blot on the landscape’ which was held at Temple Newsam House on Friday 10th May.

The event was attended by local media as well as ex-Yorkshire miners, the Swillington Elderberries and Leeds City museum representatives and volunteers who helped to create the exhibition. The Drighlington Brass Band performed various well known favourites including the famous theme from ‘Last of the Summer wine’ written by Ronnie Hazlehurst. If this was not enough of a treat. the ‘Many Voices Choir’ of Wakefield then performed an adapted version of ‘Deep down in my soul’ re-performed as ‘Deep down digging coal’ and a fantastic rendition of the Beatles 1965 hit ‘In my life’.

Blot on the landscape is a community led exhibition, which tells the story of the open cast mining that underpinned the landscape of the Temple Newsam estate for so many years.

The exhibition comprises of numerous mining artifacts including the fabulous Bower Unit banner, a rag rug that was made by the Elderberries of Swillington, plus lots of photographs and information about the open cast mining days and the people and animals who worked there.

There are also some very interesting audio transcripts from those who worked in the industry. These include stories about the life of the miner, the lofthouse mining disaster, and how the industry changed over the years. There are even stories about the ponies that were stabled at Temple Newsam.

The exhibition runs to October 31st and entry is £7 for adults, £3 for children. Group rates can be found on

Full events programme:

Sunday 7th July 11am
A Living history weekend

Tuesday 9th July 1.30pm
Hear about ration book days & working at the pit.

Wednesday 7th August 1.30pm
James Bullock talks about his fathers life & books

10th – 18th August
Includes a mining focus about pit ponies

Wednesday 4th September 1.30pm
Learn about Opencast mining at Temple Newsam with author Eddie Downes

1 Comment

  1. I do not know if you are the right person to write to -my grandfather Ernest Knight worked for a couple of years at Temple Pit and sadly died there on April 22nd 1922 aged 25 leaving a wife and child (my mother aged 2). I am trying to locate a photo and understand what transpired at the pit and inquest before he was buried at Killingbeck Cemetery on the 28th in a paupers grave .I will be visiting the exhibition in the week of the 16th September and wondered if i could speak with someone ,Thanks .

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