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EDWIN SMITH  Ashington Collier 2

EDWIN SMITH Ashington Collier 2

CHILD LABOR and Coal Region culture: Miner children from the early 1900's.  Children were cheap labor in the mines. These boys spent 10 hours a day in that outfit with only the light from that tallow wick lamp. They cleaned & played the part of a "canary" (kids were easier to replace than good miners). They were probably indentured to the company for the purpose of paying their  fathers' debts. The unions fought bloody battles to get these children out of the coal mines.

Child miners leading pit-ponies in the coal mines in the If this was in Ashington, Northumberland, could have been my father.

Drawing a Coal Face at Ashington Colliery

Drawing a Coal Face at Ashington Colliery

FREEImage credit: Weeping Window at Woodhorn Museum 2015. Image credit: Colin Davison  Woodhorn Colliery played a major part to the war effort, not only for coal production, but also supplying skilled miners for the front. From the minute books of the Ashington Coal Company we have established that from a workforce of over 9000, nearly 2500 were serving within the armed forces and, by the beginning of 1917, around 250 had lost their lives.

Woodhorn Museum was honoured to be the first venue to present Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Weeping Window is.

Cleaning up after a coal delivery in Ashington.I remember you had to quickly  clean up any coal the coalman dropped outside the coal hatch before  someone esle 'helped out' and shoveled it up into their bucket.

Cleaning up after a coal delivery in Ashington.I remember you had to quickly clean up any coal the coalman dropped outside the coal hatch before someone esle 'helped out' and shoveled it up into their bucket.

1939: A miner at work with a pick axe at the coal face in the Ashington Coal Companies Colliery at Newcastle upon Tyne.

A miner at work with a pick axe at the coal face in the Ashington Coal Companies Colliery at Newcastle upon Tyne.

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