Elmton & Creswell Village Company, based at Limestone House, works closely with the Elmton with Creswell Local History Group who regularly display their archive photos and information in the Limestone House Heritage Centre. These records about the history of Elmton and Creswell create a lot of interest in the community and the wider area.
Currently the Local History Group’s display is about Creswell Colliery Brass Band and their unique history which includes their journey down Creswell pit where they played carols to the miners as their shift ended in December 1972. Photos also show the famous Creswell Colliery Band Trombone Quartet with their musical director Harold Moss, who brought home many prizes in the band’s heyday. Photographs of the Creswell Junior Band, formed in 1971, are also on display.
People are invited along to Limestone House to find out more about the history and culture of the Creswell Colliery Brass Band. Members of the Local History Group meet in the Limestone House Hertitage Centre on Saturday mornings.
In line with the interest in the Limestone House display, Julie Holling gave a presentation at the Local History Group’s monthly meeting about the history of the brass instrument, the history of brass bands and her story as a woman playing in the famous Creswell Colliery Band in the 1970s. The evening’s presentation included some music appreciation which showed off the talents of the brass band players.
During Easter week, volunteers and their manager Claire Howe, welcomed children into the Heritage Centre to enjoy craft sessions. Many of these volunteers belong to the Limestone House Knitting Club which meets every Monday from 10am to 12noon.