Call-Out for Memories for new soundwalk at the avenue coking works

Due to the ongoing success of Echoes of Blackburn Meadows, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new project, which takes a look at the former Avenue Coking Works near Wingerworth in Derbyshire.

The Avenue Carbonisation and Chemical Plant was an integrated smokeless fuel and chemical works, which opened in 1956 and employed hundreds of people from the local area until its closure in 1992. Since then, it has been the role of the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), to co-ordinate a huge remediation project and to transform the site into a clean, safe and accessible environment for both people and wildlife alike.

Like Echoes of Blackburn Meadows, our new project takes the form of a soundwalk.  We will be capturing first hand memories of life at The Avenue. Spoken memories will be combined with archival material and sounds of a working coking plant to build an audio trail across the site. The project celebrates The Avenue as a landmark, which has shaped the life and landscape in the region as we know it today.

If you have any memories of The Avenue Coking Works or have information you would like to share, then we would love to hear from you. Are you a former worker of The Avenue Carbonisation and Chemical Plant? Perhaps your friends, neighbours or family members were employed at The Avenue? Can you remember the landscapes at The Avenue and how they changed over time? To contribute your memories, please email or telephone Project Co-Ordinator Jennifer Rich on 0114 258 5885/07841 869882. For more information on The Avenue site, click HERE