THE first of two autumn lectures at Blaenavon’s Big Pit National Coal Museum will take part on Saturday, September 16, charting the success of two local men.

The former colliery will be welcoming Dr Barrie Jones CBE for the first lecture, entitled “Coal Mining Underground – A Personal Journey to its End”, starting at 1.30pm.

Dr Jones, originally from Llanelly Hill, started his mining career at Big Pit before working for the Coal Authority, Mines Rescue Service and latterly for the Institution of Mining and received a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2012 for “services to mining”.

The second lecture, on Saturday, November 4, features photographer Walter Waygood, born and bred of Blaenavon, who will be talking about his two photography exhibitions which are currently on show at Big Pit.

The images look at the lives of miners and working people in Blaenavon in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Both lectures are free to attend and supported by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.