The Land of Oak & Iron

Releasing the Genie of Coal

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Event Details

Ahead of the Glasgow COP26 Conference in November, the Land of Oak & Iron is organising a programme of related events including the launch of the new book ‘Releasing the Genie of Coal’ on Tuesday 19th October.

Working with Peter Start OBE and Dr William Lancaster (old friends and local lads), Land of Oak & Iron Trust volunteers have produced this new book.  For schools, the Trust have produced a free, downloadable PowerPoint aimed at KS4/5 and staff CPD.

Historian Bill Lancaster reveals how nationally significant the Derwent Valley has been in the development of the mining industry.

Peter Stark’s visionary essay poses the fascinating question as to whether the level of innovation involved in the industrial developments in the area’s deep mining, railways and coal-fired power stations could not now be applied to the global challenges we face.

The book is illustrated with colour photographs, graphs, historic maps and engravings and can be purchased at the book launch and also from the Land of Oak & Iron History Portal:

Land of Oak & Iron | Climate Crisis (

Tickets for the evening event at the Heritage Centre are £12.50 including a glass of wine (or juice) and a platter of nibbles.

Booking essential


(Tuesday) 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre

Spa Well Road, Winlaton Mill


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