Dreaming of a Better Tomorrow – With bravery and courage – Notts miners struggled against starvation and hunger and for trade union rights in 19th century Nottinghamshire

  Throughout the 19th century coal miners and their families, including those in Nottinghamshire, faced hunger in the bad times and poverty and hardship when the economy boomed.  In addition, major mining disasters claimed thousands of lives.  Miners and their families also had to face intimidation and bitter opposition to
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The beginning of Rescue Stations (Part 2)

Before 1906, rescue work was left to volunteers from the colliery at which the disaster occurred, led by mining engineers from neighbouring collieries. A Royal Commission appointed in that year recommended that Central Rescue Stations manned by full time brigades should be provided in every coalfield by the owners, and that each
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The beginning of the Rescue stations (part 1)

The first British mines rescue station opened at Tankersley in 1902. It was commissioned by the West Yorkshire Coal Mine Owners Association. Its building is grade II listed. In the United Kingdom a series of disasters in the 19th century brought about Royal Commissions which developed the idea of improving mine safety. In the United Kingdom a series
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GALA MEMORIES – EXCITING DAYS TO PLAN FOR AND REMEMBER

“The Notts NUM Miners’ Galas were days to look forward to, plan for, get excited about and never forget.” The preparations involved the pit welfares and village committees of mining communities throughout Nottinghamshire.  They also involved local businesses who put on displays and were a big contributor to the local
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