Coal Mining History

Collection by Karen Kearsley


Photos and links to all things related to the Coal Mining Industry through time.

Karen Kearsley
Wigan Pit Brow Lasses, sometime in the In it was outlawed for British women and children to work in coal mines. They moved to the equally dangerous, highly industrialized work in the pit brow, cleaning and processing the coal. George Orwell, Women In History, British History, American History, Victorian Women, Victorian Era, Vintage Photographs, Vintage Images, Old Pictures

Studio carte de visite portrait of Wigan pit brow lasses, 1860-70.

Women were forbidden to go down the mines in Victorian times, but could be employed in equally heavy industry on the pit face. This is one image from over 50 in an album assembled in 1865. Carte de visite 2008-40-9-1-38-001

Miners leader Arthur Scargill arrested at Orgreave, South Yorkshire during a confrontation between police and striking miners that became known as the Battle of Orgreave, May Photo credit: Peter Arkell Uk History, British History, World History, Billy Elliot, Working People, Coal Mining, Before Us, Popular Culture, Historical Photos

Review | Book | The miners' strike: unfinished business

Review of Marching to the Fault Line by Francis Beckett and David Hencke

Wales Congress poster supporting miners - no date on this. The miners struggle to keep pits open and their jobs was a remote news story as I was growing up but the significance of their struggle and campaign, only too well understood as an adult Women In History, British History, Coal Miners, Cymru, Swansea, South Wales, Going To Work, Welsh, Great Britain

Wales Congress poster supporting miners

Wales Congress poster supporting miners Poster Cyngres Cymru yn cefnogi'r glowyr

The "Battle of Orgreave" saw thousands of striking miners clash with even bigger numbers of police officers outside a coking plant near Sheffield. Billy Elliot, South Yorkshire, Coal Mining, Working Class, World History, Photojournalism, Sheffield, Social Justice, Decir No

Burnéd Shoés

© John Sturrock, May 1984, Miners Strike 1984/85 Police charge pickets at Orgreave coke works, near Sheffield. The UK miners’ strike of 1984–85 was a major industrial action affecting the British coal...

Horse and cart coal delivery. by Frederick James Wilfred. Museum of London Vintage London, Old London, South London, 19th Century London, Uk History, British History, Old Street, Coal Mining, Horse Drawn



"A Wigan Colliery Girl" Victorian Life, Strange Photos, Coal Mining, Before Us, Color Of Life, Women In History, History Facts, Pants For Women, Working Class

"A Wigan Colliery Girl"

Postcard with an anonymous so called "pit brow lass" from Wigan, North-West England, non-dated, late 1800s. Source: According to Wikipedia at "The Wigan pit brow girls scandalized Victorian society by wearing trousers for their dangerous work in the coal mines. They wore skirts over their trousers, rolled up to the waist to keep them out of the way."