the earth centre is an amazing space at denaby main, doncaster, south yorkshire it is built on derelict land left over from former coal pits, it was the ‘museum for the millenium’. Initial plans were for community-led projects and apprentice training. The first stage of that project opened in 1994, including a sustainable aquaculture centre and a community farm.
In 1995 the Millennium Commission made a massive award to Earth Centre, which became one of its ‘Landmark Millennium projects’. It was redesigned and virtually all existing landscaping and projects were destroyed, which lost the goodwill of the local community who felt excluded from the project.