Mining Links

National Coalmining Museum For England - the museum is currently being extensively re-developed. There is an underground tour and exhibitions "Mining Lives" and "Coal Interface"
Scottish Mining Museum - extensive collections, which are located in one of the former Scottish "superpits", now recognised as one of the finest surviving Victorian collierys in Europe.
National Mining Museum of Wales - "Big Pit" has an underground tour, colliery buildings, winding engine-house, blacksmith's workshop and pithead baths. This ex-working pit employed over 1300 at it's peak.
South Wales Coalfield Collection - has records of trade unions, miners' institutes, co-operative societies and individuals connected with the mining community.
The National Archives - here it is possible to download the finding aids for coal mining records in the PRO (Public Records Office) and sources for the history of mines and quarries from the website.
Durham Mining Museum - A 'virtual' museum, full of useful information on all Durham mining matters. It should be remembered that many Black Country miners "emigrated" to other coalfields when the mining industry in our area waned.
Coal Mining History Resource Centre - "Virtual" home of the national database of mining deaths and injuries as well as many other sections of interest.
Mining History Network - some useful mining information, with bibliographies, details of mining historians etc. Also has an email based mining discussion forum.
UK Coal PLC - the mining company primarily operating former British Coal coalfields and manufacturing smokeless fuels. Not a historical site, but provides information on current mining in the UK

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