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Images of the Past - Coalminers (ePub)

Local History Social History Mining & Miners 20th Century

By Brian Elliott
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Images of the Past
File Size: 77.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781473851894
eBook Released: 18th February 2015


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There have been many books published about the coal mining industry of Britain but relatively few about the miners themselves. This book is unique in that it concentrates on the miner, his family and his work through a careful selection of illustrations. Although most of the images are photographic, and therefore relate to the latter part of the nineteenth to the closing years of twentieth century, use is also made of much earlier sources, from woodcuts and engravings to illustrations in contemporary journals and magazines.

A good deal of the material has come from the author's own collection, accumulated over many years of research; and also from archive sources. The selection is wide ranging, covering the traditional coal mining regions of Britain, from Scotland and northern England, through the midland coalfields and to Wales, as well as images from smaller coalfields such as Cumbria and Somerset.

Today, coal mining is a virtually a lost industry and the men, women and children involved in what was once Britain's most important economic but most dangerous activity deserve both recognition and celebration.

An interesting photographic focus on the lives of coal miners and their families.

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The author has already established a reputation for mining histories and writes with feeling. This book follows the well-established format of strong image content with text in support as introduction, background and captions. In less than 40 years, British mining has reduced from a major employer and wealth generator to almost complete extinction. There are many reasons for this, including inadequate funding and renewal, but the work of climate fraudsters has not only finished the destruction of British mining but also destroyed the importation of coal from cheaper sources. This book will provide readers with a very able introduction to an industry that they may have known almost nothing of... The book is well illustrated with drawings and photographs that provide an effective presentation of miners and their environment, since the start of coal mining in Britain. Highly recommended.

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'Brian Elliott's book 'Images of the Past Coalminers' is a celebration of those who toiled underground to produce coal for the masses.'

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This book is unique in that it concentrates on the miner, his family and his work through a careful selection of illustrations.

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 Brian Elliott

About 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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