Anyone with an interest in mining memorabilia and mining history may find the following links of use. They are subdivided into the following categories to suit individual interests;
Mining History (General) & Colliery Histories - Including historic coal mining glossaries, lists of UK mines plus links to specific colliery history web sites which have been arranged geographically thus;
Northern Ireland (& The Republic of Ireland)
Mining History - General
We aim to maintain the following list of hyperlinks on a regular basis. However, if you find that any of them are no longer working please could you report them to the NMMA's Webmaster. Your help in this matter would be most appreciated by us.
Mining Memorabilia & Paranumismatics Links
A beginners guide to collecting Colliery checks & tallies etc. - By Dave Lane.
David Barrie's British Mining Lamp Book Launch Site
The Tokens of John Wilkinson (1)
Terry Blythe's Mining Memorabilia Site
Dave Johnson's (US Collector) Mining Artifacts Site
Manfred Stutzer - German Collector of Mining Memorabilia
Hartwig Buttner's Mining Lamp Site (German Collector)
Dave Gresko - US Collector of Mining Lamps
Mike Serino's Mining Artifact Site (US Collector)
The Miners Strike 1984/85 - Some Commemorative Badges from the Great North Badge Co.
Eureka! - On-line (US) Mining Memorabilia Magazine
Tino Romero & Andy Martin's Blasting Cap Tins Website - A site dedicated to the various brand named tins which were once used to contain explosives detonators (commonly referred to as cap tins in the USA).
The Carbide Lamp Page
The Protector Lamp Company, Eccles - Safety lamp history & products.
J.K. Dey & Sons - Miners' lamp manufacturer from Calcutta, India.
Mining & Colliery Histories
The Northern Mines Research Society - The Northern Mine Research Society is a group of people dedicated to the preservation and recording of mining history, Northern referring to the Society's administrative base rather than its field of interest. It started as the Northern Cavern & Mine Research Society in 1960, but its members' increasing interest in mining led the Society to change its original name to the present title in 1975. Now one of the largest such organizations in Britain, the Society has hundreds of members countrywide and many overseas. Reflecting this, British Mining is Britain's foremost mining history publication.
Coal Mine - E-mail Discussion List - A new less formal (predominantly coal) mining related e-mail discussion list. Why not subscribe for free today?
Mining History (UK based topics) E-mail Discussion List - Highly recommended. Why not subscribe for free today?
Access To UK Mineral Heritage - Official Coal Authority Sponsored web site offering on-line information about UK Mineral heritage wherever it is to be found.
Alan Andrews UK Coalminers Data Base - A new web database setup to collect names and contacts information of ex-coal miners from the UK. This has been established for nostalgic reasons to hopefully enable old "muckers" track each other down all over the world wherever they may be. If your an UK ex-collier enter your details in Alan's on-line data base today. Its easy!
The Pits - A cornucopia of UK colliery photographs including Hatfield Main, Blenkinsopp, Ollerton, New Stubbin, Daw Mill, Wellbeck, Rossington, Ellington, Clipstone, Silverwood plus many more.
Frazer Nairn's UK Mining Photographs - A further compendium of colliery and mine views. Includes Agecroft, Bettshanger, Littleton. Sutton Manor The Bickershaw Complex (Parsonage, Goldborne & Bickershaw), Point of Ayr, Foxfield, Parkside and Florence Collieries plus Meadow Bank Salt Mine.
British Pathe News Real Archive - A fantastic new tool for local and mining historians! By searching British Pathe New's on-line data base using key words like - colliery, collieries, mine or miners etc. anyone can now extract and view a list of well over 200 relevant archives film clips. These clips date back as far as the first quarter of the 1900s and contain some fantastic clips such as the opening of various colliery pithead baths (including those at Vane Tempest and Pooley Hall) , colliery disaster footage (including that of the William Pit disaster of 1947) plus much more. By selecting to view film clips as "free previews" anyone can down load free footage onto their own PC to view at any time. Although material down loaded via this option is of a lower quality from a viewing perspective it is at least free to all and just as informative. Higher quality down loads for web sites and presentations cost around £50 per clip. Highly recommended.
Coal Mining History Resources Centre - An excellent site for anyone interested in coal mining history. Highly recommended.
Coal Mining Research Services - A great resource site created by Alan Davies. Highly recommended.
UK Mines Rescue Research Site
A list of mining disasters in Great Britain, 1700 to 1979 - Compiled by Ian Winstanley.
Mike Moore Mining History & Caving Books - On-line stock catalogue of mining related history titles. Also now with secure server ordering facilities.
National Coal Mining Museum for England (Caphouse Colliery)
Mining History Network
North of England Institute of Mining & Mechanical Engineers
Welsh Mines Society
Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland
Peak District Mines Historical Society
National Association of Mining History Organisations
Miners' Advice Web Site - Includes Mining 2000 Pages
Subterranea Britannica - Not strictly devoted to mines exploration but partly mining related and no-doubt of interest to many browsing these links. Formed in 1974, Subterranea Britannica is a society devoted the the study and investigation of man-made and man-used underground places. It brings together people with an interest in all types of underground space - from deneholes to dug-outs and from souterrains to subways.
Lists of UK Collieries
Maps of the UK Coalfields showing Colliery Locations - Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre. Collieries listed by geographical area. This very useful series of maps is based on early (late 1940s early 50s) maps taken from The Colliery Guardian publication entitles "The Guide To The Coalfields".
A list of British (including Irish) Collieries working in 1869 - Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre. Collieries listed by geographical area.
A list of British (including Irish) Collieries working in 1880 Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre.
A near complete list of British (including Irish) Mines for 1896 - Reproduced from Her Majesty's Inspectors of Mines Annual Report for 1896 & hosted as part of the Peak District Mines Historical Society's web site. Mines (coal & metalliferous) are listed by geographical area. Each entry includes the following information :
Name of Mine
Owner and Postal Address
Workers, Underground and Surface
Remark (Seams Worked etc.)
A list of British (including Irish) Mines working in 1908 - Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre. Mines (coal & metalliferous) are listed by geographical area.
A list of British (including Irish) Mines working in 1918 - Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre. Mines (coal & metalliferous) are listed by geographical area.
A list of British Mines working in 1938 - Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre. Mines (coal & metalliferous) are listed by geographical area.
A list of British Mines working in 1923 - Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre. Mines (coal & metalliferous) are listed by geographical area.
A list of British Mines working in 1945 with links to the Colliery Guardian's official location maps of 1949/50 - Courtesy of Ian Winstanley's Coal mining Resource Centre. Mines (coal & metalliferous) are listed by geographical area.
Glossaries of coal mining terms
Harry Tootle's Coal Mining Dictionary - Without a doubt the most comprehensive and best dictionary of British coal mining terms and phrases (many of which are now obsolete) available to coal mining historians and researchers anywhere. To date this mammoth work (including Bibliography) is only available on the net via Alan Davis's Coal Mining Research Services Site.
A Glossary of Terms used in the Coal Trade of Northumberland and Durham (1888) By G. C. Greenwell, F.G.S., M.Inst.C.E., Colliery Viewer, Past President of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers ; Past President of the Manchester Geological Society ; Author of "A Practical Treatise on Mine Engineering," &c., &c., Courtesy of The Durham Mining Museum's web site.
Digging Up The Past - A photographic achieve from the South Wales Coalfield.
The 1890 Morfa Colliery Disaster
An 1897 sales auction catalogue for Bettisfield Colliery near Bagillt, North Wales. - Taken from the Bagillt Heritage Society's Web Site.
Landshipping Colliery. A brief introduction to Landshipping Colliery in Pembrokeshire including information concerning the infamous Garden Pit Disaster of 1844.
Coal Mining around Llansamlet - The industrial history of the Parish of Llansamlet in West Glamorgan, Wales. Includes sections on coal pits, copper works, tin-plate manufacture, and metal smelting.
Collieries in the Crosskeys District - Includes information on the following Collieries and Levels; Benson's Level, Black Vein, Celynen South, Cwmbyr, Cwmcarn, Darran, Drill Hall Level, Green's Level, Jack Y North Pit, Nine Mile Point, North Risca, Old Ventilator Pit, Prince of Wales and Rock Vein Pit.
Welsh Collieries Web Site
Cwmtillery Colliery (& neighbouring pits)
A list of Welsh Colliery Disasters (1837-1827) - From the Cross Keys Wed Site.
Bedwas Navigation Colliery
Cefn Coed Colliery Museum
Tower Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
The Aberfan Disaster of 1966
The Universal Colliery Disaster, Senghenydd
Bothwellhaugh & Hamilton Palace Colliery - The story of a Lanarkshire Mining Community 1884-1965.
New Cumnock & Coal Mining
Scottish Coal Mining Museum (Lady Victoria)
Longannet Complex - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Coal Mining around Bo'ness
Fife Mining Heritage Society
Redding Colliery, Falkirk
Great North Coalfield (Durham & Northumberland)
Durham Mining Museum Web Site - A fantastic site for mining historians and family history researchers a like. This site not only has major sub sections covering the Haswell, Trimdon, Horden, Blackhall & Shotton Collieries but also now contains a data base of most C18th & C20th County Durham collieries giving details of their individual;
Listing of colliery ownership from sinking to closure
Details of seams worked and production figures
Colliery locations and map references
List of individuals killed at each pit giving date and circumstances where known.
List of major disaster for each pit giving details of those individuals killed (where known) plus the date and circumstances of the disaster
The Hartley Families - A must for anyone researching the famous Hartley Colliery Disaster. This web page gives a summary of the disaster plus lists all of those men that lost their lives, their ages, jobs plus the details and names of their dependants.
My Marras - Part of the Durham pit Villages of New Herrington, Newbottle, Shiney Row and Penshaw. Includes colliery histories and information.
An introduction to coal mining in the North East - Part of the North East England history web site.
The Durham Miner Project - An on-line summary of a major history research project covering various aspects of the Durham Coalfield. Provided via Durham County Council.
Elemore Colliery Web Site - A tribute to Elemore Colliery.
A list of collieries in Co. Durham & Northumberland - Compiled by Brian Pears. The entries on these web pages contain the following information;
Name of colliery or pit and place or district.
Pits or shafts which are part of the colliery.
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet Number.
Grid Reference - 4, 6, 8 or 10-figure.
Distance in miles (to the nearest half mile) and in kilometres (to the nearest Km) from the nearest of Berwick-upon-Tweed (Royal Border Bridge), Alnwick (Castle), Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Tyne Bridge) or Middlesbrough (Tees Viaduct).
Children's Employment Commission, Mines. 1842. - Extracts of entries from some Northumberland Pits
Coal Mining in the Hebburn Area - By Norman Dunn
A list of collieries (for 1896) for the West Durham Coalfield - Part of the Tow Law History Society's web site.
A description of the surface layout and operations at Dawdon Colliery
Dawdon Colliery - General images of the pit.
Coal Mining around Dipton & Burnhopefield - An Introduction
An Account of the award of the British Empire Medal for Gallantry to John Kerr & William Baker South Medomsley Colliery (1944)
An account of the 1934 explosion at South Medomsley Colliery
Ellington Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Blenkinsopp Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Lampton "D" Colliery Wagonway Excavation - Article review only.
Hartley Colliery Disaster Memorial - Part of the Durham Mining Museum Site.
Coal Mining around Heddon-on-the-Wall
Tyne & Wear Archive Services (Researchers Guide to General Coal Industry relating to the North-East held in the Archives - Part I) - This User Guide details the various types of records relevant to a study of the history of the North- East coal industry. It lists in detail records held at Tyne & Wear Archives Service, but also includes general guidance on sources available at other repositories.
Tyne & Wear Archive Services (Researchers Guide to Coal & Colliery Records held in the Archives - Part II) - A reference list of archive material on individual collieries in the Durham and Northumberland area which are held by the T&WAS and which are available for public viewing.
Woodhorn Colliery Museum
Seaham Colliery & Other Coastal Pits
Coal Mining around Mow Chop
Cumbria (i.e. West Cumberland Coalfield)
Haigh Colliery Museum
A brief history of Coal Mining within the Parish of Great Clifton
Pye Hill Colliery & Local Area
A chronological development of industry and pits around Jacksdale
Coal mining around Tibshelf 1850-1939
Netherseal Colliery & District - Reminiscences of some boyhood days in a South Derbyshire Colliery Village 1932-36. By J. F. N. Stanier, Burton-on-Trent.
Ilkeston Mines Rescue Unit
North Derbyshire Coalfield - A Miner's Son
Pitwork - Memoirs of Shirebrook & Other North Derbyshire Pits
North Derbyshire Coalfield - Neil Bridgewater's' Local History Site
Pinxton Collieries & John King's Cage Safety Detaching Hook
Hopewell Colliery Museum
Collieries of The Forest of Dean
History of Coal Mining in Easton
Coal Mining around Mangostfield
The Kent Coalfield
Lancashire (including Manchester)
Astley Green Colliery Museum - The official colliery museum web site.
Astley Green Colliery - The unofficial colliery museum web site, but still very good.
A history of quarrying & coal mining around Rishton
A brief history of Victoria Colliery, Standish
A brief history of mining around Standish - Includes details of Robin Hill Drift Mine.
Maypole Colliery Disaster - With links to pictures of the the disaster memorial plus what is left of the pit today.
Coal mining around Abram - A brief history
Jack Nadin's Lancashire Coal Mining Site
Astley Green & Duke of Bridgewater's Colliery Canal
Hapton Valley - Part of Jack Nadin's Lancashire Coal mining site.
Clifton, A Wet Earth Colliery
The Duck of Bridgewater's underground colliery canal at Worsley
Tunnels and Mines of Winter Hill, Bolton
The Nottinghamshire Coalfield - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Clifton & Cotgrave Collieries - Part of John Waudby's Web Site
Welbeck Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Clipstone Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Harworth Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Thoresby Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Images of Granville Colliery, Lilleshall Mines
A brief history of Lilleshall Mines
Muxton Bridge Colliery
North Shropshire Coalfield
Ifton Colliery (1)
Ifton Colliery (2)
Gazetteer of Shropshire Mines
The Somerset & Bristol Coalfield
Staffordshire & The Black Country
Coal Mining in North Staffordshire - A very basic overview of mining in the potteries.
Cannock Chase Mining History Society
Coal Mining around Cradley Heath
The North Staffordshire Coalfield - A post 1947 Web Site Study Group - A very comprehensive site covering the history of the North Staffordshire (Stoke-on-Trent) Coalfield post nationalisation in 1947 to the end.
Podmore Hall Colliery, Halmer End - "The Minnie Pit" - This site also gives details of the famous 1918 Minnie Pit disaster.
Mining & Quarrying around Sedgely
Coal mining around Cheadle
Black Country & Stour Valley Industrial History
A History of Coal Mining Around Brownhills - Part of Rob Webster's Brownhills History & Genealogy Site. Includes brief histories of Walsall Wood, Coppice, Brownhills (Cathedral Pit), Conduit & Watling Collieries.
A History of Coal Mining Around Aldridge - Part of Rob Webster's Brownhills History & Genealogy Site. Includes brief histories of Aldridge, Coppy Hall & Speedwell Collieries.
A list of all the Colliers taken from the 1881 Census for the districts of Aldridge, Walsall Wood, Clayhanger, Brownhills in the Manor of Norton Canes, Catshill - Part of Rob Webster's Brownhills History & Genealogy Site. Includes brief histories of Aldridge, Coppy Hall & Speedwell Collieries.
Coal Mining in North Staffordshire
Apedale Colliery Heritage Centre
Racecourse Colliery - Black Country Museum
Baddesley Colliery Disaster
Daw Mill Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Forest of Wyre Coalfield
Coal mining around Rotherham
Yorkshire Main Colliery
Memories of Allerton Bywater Colliery
James Pollitt & the South Kirkby Colliery Disaster
Kiverton Park Colliery
Kiverton Park Colliery Offices - Pictures of the old Kiverton Park Coal Company Ltd. offices plus the role of honour memorial to those who worked for the company and died in the Great War.
Mining in South Yorkshire
Hatfield Main Colliery - Part of Adge Covell's Stainforth 2001 web site.
Hatfield Main Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Key dates in the history of Hatfield Main Colliery - Part of Adge Covell's Stainforth 2001 web site.
Coal Mining around Dodworth This web page also includes a brief description of the famous Oaks Colliery Disaster.
Swaithe Main Colliery Disaster - Worsbrough
Coal Mining Around Halifax
Kellingley Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Maltby Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Prince of Wales Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Rossington Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Selby Complex - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Thorne Colliery - Part of Mining 2000 Site
Coal Mines Around Doncaster - Introductory historical notes covering the following pits - Askern, Bentley, Barnborough, Markham Main, Brodsworth, Bullcroft, Cadeby Main, Denaby Main, Harworth, Hickleton Main, Rossington, Upton & Yorkshire Main Colliery.
Mining Around Barnsley - A good introductory article about coal mining around Barnsley. Taken from the archive editions of the Barnsley Chronicle.
Northern Ireland & The Republic Of Ireland
Coal mining in Castlecomer - Anthracite mines, Co. Kilkenny.
Metalliferous Ore Mining
Camborne School of Mines Virtual Museum of the Cornubian Orefield - An excellent introduction to the history of the Cornubian Orefield which lies within a peninsula in the southwest of England. It covers the whole of county of Cornwall and part of the county of Devon from Landís End to Dartmoor, a distance of some 150 km.
South Caradon Mine, Cornwall
Snail Beach Mine
Shropshire Mines Trust
Llywernog Silver-Lead Mine, Wales
Wenvoe Iron Mine, South Wales
Great Orme Mines - Copper mines worked from the Bronze age up until the nineteenth century. Located on the Great Orme peninsular at Llandudno, North Wales.
Merioneth Manganese - The manganese mines of the former county of Merioneth, North Wales.
A history of Tin Mining In Cornwall
Cornish Minerals plus a potted history of mining, mineral process and Quarrying in Cornwall
Geevor Time Mine
Wheal Jane Mine
Alderley Edge Copper Mines
Laxey (Isle of Man) Mines Research Group
Celtic Copper mining Regions
Lead Mining in The Yorkshire Dales
Smelt Mills of The Yorkshire Dales
St Just Mines Research Group
Tolgus Tin Streaming
Levant Mine - Cornwall
Cleveland Ironstone Series
Tom Leonard Ironstone Mining Museum
Florence Ironstone Mine
Lead and Labour - The story of the miners of Leadhills and Wanlockhead, Scotland
The Museum of Lead Mining Wanlockhead, Scotland
Creetown - Lead Mines & Lead Shot Mill, South West Scotland
Copperas Stone Picking on the Isle of Sheppey
The Tankerton copperas works and the copperas industry in the south of England.
Industrial Mineral Mining/Quarrying
Quarrying around Mow Chop (Cheshire)
Cleveland Potash Ltd.'s Boulby Mine - Europe's Deepest Mine
The Salt Archive - The history of salt mining, its production and trading.
Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum
Birkhill Fireclay Mine
Welsh Slate Quarries
Bath Stone Quarries
Honister Slate Quarry & Mine
Rhosydd - A Ffestiniog Slate Quarry
Rhiwbachsydd - Slate Quarry & Tramway
Quarrying Around Halifax
Wheal Martin China Clay Mining & Processing Museum