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Dennis Bagshaw
Posted: 10/12/2020 09:05:05
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Hello, I'm the great granddaughter of Dennis Bagshaw who was rescued after five days trapped by a rockfall in the Black Engine Mine, Eyam. I had never seen a photograph of my great grandad until I found one in a 2013 copy of your newsletter, copied from an original belonging to Jim Rieuwerts. Sadly, I understand Jim passed away but I wondered if anyone knows who now has that photo or any other pictures of Dennis Bagshaw. Thank you. Catherine IP: 86.182.199.216
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Posted: 10/12/2020 13:17:21
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I went to Jim's funeral on Monday to say goodbye, but it was sadly very restricted due to coronavirus, so not many there. However, it was viewed online, hopefully by all his friends and colleagues. It's a bit too soon to be discussing Jim's archive with the family, but rest assured that it will be discussed at some point. Sadly Jim would have passed on a copy of the photo to Steve Thompson, then editor of the newsletter, who has also subsequently died, so it's no easier to obtain the image presently. There may be another copy at the mining museum, possibly.

I do have an extract of Doug Nash's notes on Black Engine, which briefly mentions Dennis Bagshawe's entombment site when Op Mole surveyed the mine in 1970. but it seems it was no more stable than when they dragged Dennis out, and they were unable to get through - I'll be happy to email that to you if you think it might be interesting to read - send me a PM? Having been down Black Engine shaft twice (with permission), it's difficult to reconcile these notes with what's there now, as it's all changed a bit since 1970! Though to be fair we weren't re-surveying it.
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Posted: 10/12/2020 16:35:46
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From recollection, the piece in the newsletter was prompted by PDMHS being gifted some contemporary material about the rescue by a resident of Foolow. I chatted to Steve Thompson about it at the time but can't remember if he mentioned the photo and in what format he got a copy of it. However, the electronic copy of the newsletter may have a decent-quality version in it, I'll check later.

Hopefully the original can be located in Jim's papers at some point, another place that might have a copy is Eyam Museum?

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Posted: 02/01/2021 22:10:13
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Just been looking in Doug Nash's notes for something else and found a section specifically on this; he mentions that there's a copy of the photo in Eyam Museum's collection, but also, a copy of a contemporary song about the rescue that I wasn't aware of before.

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