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2022Coal MiningMemoirsMetal MiningPublications
July 17, 2022

New Member Offer

Our members receive a number of benefits including: Four newsletters each year (February, May, August & November. (a sample can be found here) A free copy of each of our British Mining series of publications, this year we have the already published BM113 - The Chiverton Lead Mines of Cornwall…
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2022Metal MiningPublications
June 24, 2022

Latest monograph published

British Mining No 113 – The Chiverton Lead Mines of Cornwall by Nigel A. Chapman and Richard Smith Lead mining in Cornwall was of minor importance when compared with tin and lead. In 1839, De La Beche placed lead mining after manganese in order of economic importance. Yet for a brief…
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2021Memoirs
November 16, 2021

Latest copy of British Mining published

British Mining No 111 - Memoirs 2021 Papers in Memoirs 2021 are: London Lead Company, Bargains and Payments in the Alston and Teesdale Districts – David McAnelly The Olive Bank Colliery, Musselburgh – Simon Chapman When John Buddle of Newcastle was asked to evaluate some Portuguese coal mines (1818) – José Manuel Brandão…
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2020Coal MiningMetal Mining
September 15, 2020

Accident & Disasters Reports 1658-1979

Accident & Disasters Reports 1658-1979, provided by Ian Winstanley and the Coal Mining History Resource Centre, have been added to the website. While there are around 740 of these, they are not a complete list. Each report, created from various sources like the official report, articles in the Colliery Guardian,…
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2019
June 18, 2019

Obituaries of members of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy

We are pleased to announce a new resource in the form of over 1700 obituaries of members of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy covering the period 1892-1968. They were collected by the late David Dixon as part of the research towards his doctorate on technical education in metalliferous mining.…
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Coal Mining
July 28, 2018

A miners life in the 1950s

We are please to have been given permission to reproduce here, part of Jack Gale's autobiography, relating to the time he was employed at Middleton Broom Colliery, Leeds, from 1951 to 1959. He provides a valuable insight into how coal mines were worked and the life of a miner, in…
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Database search page
Coal MiningMetal MiningSmelting
May 21, 2018

Database of Mining Information

We are pleased to announce the release of a database of mining information compiled by the late Alasdair Neill. The database contains over 76,000 entries and is fully searchable. Thanks are due also to Mike Gill who took on, and completed the enormous task of converting well over 6,000 pages of…
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Uncategorized
May 17, 2018

Map of Mining Accidents

The mining industry is renowned for having a high number of accidents, many of them fatal.  We are pleased to present this new map which shows the distribution of many mining accidents in coal and miscellaneous mines throughout the UK. The image is the Astley Deep Pit disaster 1874 from the…
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