Bygone age...

by David Swatton May. 29, 2018 422 views

The Big Pit is the National Museum of Mining and was once the Blaenavon Colliery, a working mine for 120 years. The museum now offers an insight into the history of coal mining, especially in South Wales and offers fascinating underground tours led by former miners. Ancestors on my mother's side of the family were miners in Derbyshire, my great grandfather working for over 50 years in Bolsover pit starting work underground as a child, so the visit was somewhat poignant for me.

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

Kind of stirred something in my DNA, viewing this. My ancestors were from Wales and worked in the coal mines. 
They moved to the USA, where they went to work in the mines of West Virginia.....

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David Swatton Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

That's a long way to go to swap one mine for another.

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Jay Boggess Replied to David Swatton 1 year, 5 months ago

As I understand it, it was more a way to get to the USA, because as soon as they arrived they abandoned the mines for working in the oil fields, so at least they were "out of the dark" finally.....(((grin)))

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 5 months ago

Travelling in time - meeting family history - I love that! Seems to be a very interesting place, because former miners are involved as guides. The monochrome enhance the structures and it's a good choice for coal mining.

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David Swatton Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks Sigrid. I'm really pleased I made the effort to go there.

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