Category Archives: Miners and Mining

A-Z Challenge 2020 – Specialised Studies M is for Mining

I wrote quite recently on Sicilians who worked the sulphur mines in Sicily. In terms of the United Kingdom, over the centuries we have mined, with some success (and failings), coal, tin, copper, slate and even gold. Further afield Opal … Continue reading

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Sicilian Sulphur Mining #GOONSblogchallenge – Post 7

Caltanissetta is located in the centre of Sicily, dominating the Salso River. From the beginning of the 19th Century, Caltanissetta became a mining centre following the discovery of huge sulphur deposits. Between 1830-1835, according to the General Statistics of Sulphur … Continue reading

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Red Hills – The Pitman’s Parliament

I recently had opportunity to visit Red Hills – The Pitman’s Parliament in the city of Durham. The home of the Durham Miner’s Association, the venue is usually closed to the public, open otherwise by appointment. I managed to attend … Continue reading

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