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About this eventWe are delighted to offer a day of photography at a new venue for TimeLine, the Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Green near Manchester. We will be setting up numerous separate cameos featuring alternately a fashion model and re-enactors portraying more traditional mining scenes. Our day will run from 10.30 until 16.30 with each cameo set against the backdrop of this historic site.
Set in fifteen acres on what was formerly part of the Astley Green Colliery complex, the Museum is home to the only surviving twin tandem compound steam winding engine. The headgear and engine house, which can be seen for miles around as they tower above the local landscape, are scheduled monuments and listed buildings. The Museum is also home to the country’s largest collection of colliery locomotives and have a working narrow gauge steam railway engine, Utrillas, on site.
The colliery itself had a relatively short working life of 68 years, opening in 1908 at a time of extremely low demand for coal and closing in 1970. It was a challenging shaft to sink as the coal seam lies very deep and the ground above was soft and unstable, to the extent that a paper on the technicalities of establishing the mine was presented to the Institute of Mining Engineers. The Museum is operated on behalf of the community by the Red Rose Steam Society Limited which is a Registered Charity.
We hope that the combination of a brand new venue for TimeLine along with the opportunity for contrasting subjects for photography, all set against a heritage backdrop will appeal and we look forward to seeing you in Lancashire in Spring for an exciting new event.
*Images are for illustration purposes only.
- Spare batteries
- Camera protection - rain covers etc
Other things you should bring
- Packed lunch
- All levels welcome
- Sturdy outdoor shoes