Images of the Past - Coalminers (ePub)
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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.Your Family Tree Magazine
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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.FIRE Project
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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.'Fife Free Press
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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.Antiques Diary
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