Saturday, 30 June 2012

Coal Mine - Summerlee Industrial Museum

'Going Underground' is a tour of the  Summerlee Coal Company pithead mine.

This is a recreated 'addit' mine - entered by a slope from ground level - and shows the terrible conditions in which the miners worked.

  Damp, fear of gas, extremely cramped, and 14 - 16 hour shifts with no return above ground till the shift ended.

Life expectancy of miners was much reduced.

Coal Mine Slope - Summerlee Museum

Coal Mine - Summerlee Museum

Miner Setting Explosive Charge - in Very Dim Lighting

Coal Miner Showing How Limited Was the Space to Work

Coal Miner

Coal Mine Lift Cage - Summerlee Museum

More images are available at - - and are also better resolution.

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