University of Edinburgh Human Geography Research Group
THIS MINE IS OURS
A film about Monktonhall Colliery by David Peat
3.30pm Thursday 26th September, the Old Library, Drummond Street
All are welcome.
David Peat (1947-2012) was a noted Scottish film director and photographer, whose works include Gutted (2004) and Please Leave the Light On (1997) as well as numerous films with Murray Grigor.
Monktonhall Colliery was one of the Scottish superpits, designed to exploit the deep limestone coals of the Midlothian basin, into which was sunk an extraordinary 900m shaft – an inverted Munro’s depth. Though the pit broke records for productivity, it scarcely recovered from the political traumas of the miners strike. A subsequent workers buyout of the mine in the face of privatisation – chronicled here by David Peat – was ultimately unsuccessful. The remarkable pithead architecture, by noted European modernist Egon Riss, has since been demolished.