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About the project

It is not so long ago that the coal industry dominated the local landscape with headstocks, bath-houses and canteens, the railway sidings, the waste bings and the rows. Many abandoned colliery sites have been redeveloped and/or repurposed, often as public open space and some still remain as vacant and derelict land.

Perhaps you live, or have lived, in close proximity to an old colliery site, drive by one on your way to work, watched the demolition and/or the landscaping of the bings, played on the sites as a youngster or still visit the sites today or simply miss the headstock in the landscape. If so, could you share your memories, thoughts and feelings by completing the short questionnaire. We would love to hear from you. 

This survey is part of a research being conducted by Catherine Mills and Ian McIntosh at the University of Stirling.  The project is designed to help better understand how ex-colliery sites are perceived and understood by the people who worked at, or lived, or continue to live in close proximity to these sites. It should take approximately 10 mins to complete.

Consent and Privacy

Please read through these terms before agreeing to participate.

Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you are free to decline to answer any particular question for any reason. You can also withdraw from the research and exit the survey at any time without penalty by pressing the ‘Exit’ button/closing the browser. If after completing the questionnaire, you would like your answers to be removed from the project please let Catherine know. Her email is

There are no foreseeable risks involved in participating in this survey.

Your answers will be completely anonymous and we will use all reasonable endeavours to keep them confidential. Your data will be stored in a password-protected file and may be used in academic publications. We will ask all participants for their permission to use direct quotes.Your IP address will not be stored. Information in the questionnaires will not be shared and the forms will be kept for three months after analysis and then will be securely destroyed.

Further information regarding the University’s privacy policy can be found at


This project has been ethically approved via The University of Stirling.  General University Ethics Panel.

In you have any further questions please email Catherine Mills or Ian McIntosh alternatively you may contact Head of the Division of History and Politics, Professor Holger Nehring, his email is   

The University of Stirling is committed to making the outputs of research publically accessible and supports this commitment through our online open access repository STORRE. Unless funder/publisher requirements prevent us this research will be publicly disseminated through our open access repository. Following analysis the results of the project will also be made available via the Centre for Environment, Heritage and Policy website

Thank you for your time


1.1. By clicking on 'agree' indicates that: You have read and understood the above information. You voluntarily agree to participate. You are 18 years of age or older
2.2. I am happy for my answers to be directly quoted.

Please click on 'finish' to complete the questionaire.