Friday, 18 December 2015

Last Deep Coal Mine in Britain - Kellingley Closure: Learning Resources for Mining & Labour Laws

Bread & Roses 

I have just read the news that the last deep coal mine in Britain has now closed.

We are going to take the rest of the morning to revise our resources on British coal mining, which I have previously posted for the anniversary of the Miner's Strike.

One of my great grandparents was a miner and came from a mining family.  My grandad said his dad's back was black, thick of the coal dust which had amalgamated with his skin and could never be scrubbed free.  We own a coal figuirine; it isn't an expensive trinket but the figure looks proud and hard-worked and strong, and it moves me to think of my great grandfather and many others who lived so much of their lives underground with those same qualities to provide for their families.

It is thought-provoking that the Kellingley miners have not been made redundant because there is no coal left, or that it could not be used in a more environmentally friendly way (as the article above explains), but because the mine lost the contract.

Links for our previous blog posts on Coal Mines and Mining:

Witness Experiences
Interactive BBC Primary History of Victorian Children in Coalmining 

School Project resources on coal mines and labour laws

Do you have family members who have worked, or do, in mining somewhere in the world?

This subject appears in schools as in the BBC resources above; is this a subject you will cover in your home learning?

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