How to get involved

Did you or anyone in your family work at the Argyll Colliery in Machrihanish, or have any connection with the mine? If so, we would like to invite you to participate in an SKDT project focusing on Kintyre’s mining heritage. This is an opportunity for you or your relatives to be part of an exhibition celebrating the Argyll Colliery and the people who worked there.

The exhibition will take place in Campbeltown in April 2017, 50 years after the mine closed. Any information or images you bring to the project may be included in a digital slideshow at the exhibition, a blog, and an archive which will be made publicly available in Campbeltown at end of the project.

There will be three archiving sessions held in Campbeltown which you can come along to. You can also send the project images and stories electronically. Any old photos should be scanned at 600 dpi, if small, and if larger, at 300 dpi. Your name should be included in the file name of any images and an explanitory covering note should be emailed with the scans. These should be emailed to

You can also send in stories or photos of artefacts such as lamps, tools, union cards, scans of correspondence etc.

The drop-in archive sessions will take place at Campbeltown Library, The Aqualibrium, Kinloch Road on the 19th October and 23rd November, running from 11.00am-1.00pm, 2.00-4.00pm and from 5.30-6.45 pm. The date for December has yet to be confirmed. We will let you know about that as soon as possible.





1 thought on “How to get involved

  1. Hi Jan
    My name is Johnny Durnan born in Campbeltown now living in Carradale for the last 43 years.I have three brothers and one sister.
    It’s was nice to meet up with you and others at your drop in session end last year.My reason was my late father John McSporran Durnan whom his nickname was “Troy” was a worker at the colliery around the time I was born noted on my birth certificate.I never really got much info on his job their as sadly he died in 1974 at 45 years when we were young.It would have been nice to sit down and have a chat with him on that life but not too be so may be some others could have more info and may be a photo of him at work which we do not have.We lived at 7 Mill Street were I was born (Johnny Durnan), shortly after we moved to 55 Davaar Ave, then at 10 years later we moved to 128 Davaar Ave a bigger house which my brother owns to this day.As a young boy I remember very well our jaunts down to the quay to watch the puffers coming in to get loaded at the coal chute,many times we would hide in there/play about, things you would not get away with nowadays.Looking forward to your forthcoming exhibition.I will email couple of photo’s of my father.

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