Do you remember Bideford's 'Treacle Mines'?

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By tinap | Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 09:17

Bideford Black, a pigment used by artists, is to be the subject of a new project by local artist, Peter Ward and The Burton Art Gallery.

Bideford Black is unique to the area and was mined in the town until 1969. The project is hoping some locals may remember the 'Treacle Mines' or have tales to tell of using the paint or going into the now defunct mine shafts. 

The'Mineral Black', or 'Biddiblack', was used in the boat building industry, for colouring rubber products, for camouflage on tanks in WWII and was even bought by Max Factor for their mascara. 

Mr Ward and the gallery are hoping to bring together as many stories and artefacts as possible about the unusual and unique part of the town's rich history for a permanent display and online archive.

The project is also looking for volunteers to help find people with knowledge to share and to record their stories. If you would like to help please can contact the Burton any time or come along to the Burton on March 20th and sign up to help.

The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will be launched at the Burton at a special SHOW & TELL DAY on the 20th March, from 11.30 – 3.30. 

For more information about the project and events connected to it please visit www.bidefordblackblog.blogspot.co.uk. The project is collecting stories, pictures and artefacts right now and are keen to hear from anyone who has a story to share. If you've already got some information about Bideford Black we'd love to hear from you. Our email address is bidefordblackblog@gmail.com or contact the Burton on 01237 471455. 

      

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