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Our Miners

In 2015, the Limburg regional broadcaster L1 broadcast the 35-part TV series Onze Mijnwerkers, in which dozens of former miners and their relatives recalled personal memories.


What did they experience underground? How do they look back on the special camaraderie?
And what did they think of the supervisors, the priest, the immigrants and the club life?


All episodes can also be viewed on


The series is based on the oral history project “Onze Mijnwerkers”, an initiative of former Heerlen resident Eugène van den Bosch, filmmaker, who has already made a number of films about former miners in South Limburg: in 1981, the documentary Mijn Monument, in 1990 Afstand van de Berg, vertellingen uit de mijnstreek and the six-part series Zwarte Ogen in 2004. In 2005, he brought the idea to filmmaker/producer Joost Verheij of MM Film-produkties and they have since developed and produced the project together.