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Memory Archive - Mining

This is a small selection of images of mining which can be used for reminiscence.
The images in this collection can be downloaded and printed for use in reminiscence sessions. Please note that every item must be used within the remit of the Creative Archive License, and no commercial use may be made of any item.
Download as Zip file here. (This will take you to Dropbox where you will find the download button in the top-right hand corner).

In industrial communities, mining is an important part of people's lives and a great topic for reminiscence work. If you would like to see more images like this, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has a fantastic collection of illustrations and street scenes of industrial Wales in the Falcon Hildred Archive as well as a great series of underground, surface and people photographs of collieries from the 1970s and early 1980s in the John Cornwell Collection.

There are 62 items in this collection

Collier's battery hand lamp, 20th century

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Crumlin Miners Institute library card

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Bill Gunter yn sefyll yn y fynedfa fwaog i...

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Filing a tram at Lewis Merthyr Colliery, about...

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Coal mining and its landscape, Waunlwyd, 1950s

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The last pony to work at Bersham Colliery, near...

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Cwmleyshon lead mine, 40 foot shaft, 16 June 1957.

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Screens, Bersham Colliery, early 1960s

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NCB trainees c. 1960

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Cwmleyshon lead mine, 40 foot shaft, 23 April...

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The last tram of coal before closing National...

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Canteen, Maerdy Colliery, 1975

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The lamp room at Maerdy Colliery, 1975

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Oil lamp store, Maerdy Colliery, 1975

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Pit bottom, Maerdy Colliery, 1975

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Aberpergwm, 1972, entrance of the new drift mine.

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Workmen in chocks on face, Maerdy Colliery, 1975

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Coal face at Maerdy Colliery, 1975

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Betws Mine, the afternoon shift waiting for the...

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Cwmtillery Colliery pit bottom, 22 November 1977

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Cwmgwili Colliery, 1978, afternoon shift...

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Oakdale Colliery, electric locomotive near the...

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Blaengwrach Mine 1979

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Tower Colliery, 'Rex' with his ostler...

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Last tram of coal raised in the Rhondda, 1986

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Last tram of coal raised in the Rhondda, 1986

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Dosco heading machine, Maerdy Colliery, 1975

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Last tram of coal at Maerdy Colliery, 1986.

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Blacksmith's workshop at Big Pit Colliery

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Downcast shaft at Merthyr Vale Colliery

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Blacksmith's shop at Bargoed Colliery

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Bargoed Colliery washery

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Miners undergound at Cwmgwili Colliery

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Conveyor belt at Abercynon Colliery

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Tram creeper at Llanharry Iron Ore Mine

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Coal cutting machine at Tredomen Training Centre

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Llangollen. Clogau slate quarry.

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Minding ventilation doors

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Searching for Copper on Parys Mountain

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Collecting for the miners, Tonypandy

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Demonstration in support of the miners, Blaenau...

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Maerdy Colliery, 1977, empty mine cars waiting...

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Strike poster

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Betws Mine

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Machinery at Ocean Deep Colliery, Treharris

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Self-rescuer

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Mining dial [image 2 of 2]

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Underground wheel at Ystrad Einion metal mine

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9. Testing the kibble at Big Pit

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Polish Mining Engineers at Gresford Colliery

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St John training furley stretcher

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Work photograph, Cooke's Explosives

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Uwchllaw’r Ffynnon – plan and elevations, 1978....

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Tŷ Uncorn – extension with chimney, 1978

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Tŷ Uncorn – view from the rear, 1978

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Managers and the managed, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1999

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Quarrymen at Aberllefenni Slate Quarry, 18...

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Foty Slate Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 3...

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Foty Slate Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 3...

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Quarrymen returning home from the granite...

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Gwynfynydd Goldworks near Ganllwyd, 1 October 1956

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R. O. Thomas, and another man, drilling...

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Slate wagons at the top of the incline,...

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