Pen and Sword Books: Pits & Pitmen of Barnsley by Brian Elliott

Pits & Pitmen of Barnsley
Pits & Pitmen of Barnsley
by Brian Elliott
Imprint: Wharncliffe Books
Found in: Local History Books
Yorkshire and Humberside Books
Series: Mining Heritage
176 pages
ISBN: 9781903425039
Published: 1 May 2001
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Barnsley Pits and Pit Men by Brian Elliott is a pictorial celebration of the men who worked in the pits and the society in which they lived. The time span is from Victorian times to the 1990's, and so covers the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of one of the nation's great industries.The vast majority of the many photographs reproduced in this book, are from the private collection of the author and have never before been published. A limited number of photographs from other collections have also been included to complete this pictorial record of Barnsley's great mining heritage. Included are many photographs of the now fast disappearing reminders of our localmining heritage. In addition, there are oral histories of the work and social memories of ex miners and their families.The style and content of this book offers a completely fresh insight into the lives of the men and women who worked and played within sight and sound of the many pits in the Barnsley area. Barnsley Pits and Pit Men is a pictorial tribute to and celebration of Barnsley's miners and their families. The bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of Barnsley and its people would be incomplete without this unique publication.
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About Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott Brian Elliott was born in the village of Royston near Barnsley and spent his childhood in neighbouring pit village Carlton where his father worked as a miner. Leaving school early, Brian's first job was in professional football, then in local government before starting a career in teaching and Further Education. It was whilst at teacher-training college that he developed a passionate interest on local history, inspired by one of his tutors, who subsequently became a great friend, David Hey. Brian's B.Ed dissertation was on the Oaks Colliery, particularly the great disaster of 1866.

A freelance writer and editor for many years, Brian has published many books and articles on local and regional history, as well as initiating and developing series such as Aspects of Local History and Mining Heritage for the well-known Barnsley-based publisher Pen and Sword Books. He has also appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield on many occasions and has made contributions to BBC Radio 4, BBC and ITV local news programmes. He is a founder volunteer member and trustee of the recently opened Experience Barnsley people's museum and Discovery Centre.

Though now retired, Brian continues to research and write articles and books, for Pen and Sword and Script Media especially relating to coalmining history and has recently developed an interest in the remarkable contribution of miners during the Great War.

Before Brian's father died he recorded an interview with him as part of the research for the book Yorkshire Mining Veterans. This and many other interviews with former miners are deposited in the National Mining Museum for England's oral history archive.
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