Mining the Seams

Date / time: 13 October, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mining the Seams


MINING THE SEAMS workshop, Derbyshire and Warwickshire Record Offices, 13 October 2021

Mining the Seams, funded by the Wellcome Trust, has made the coal archives for Derbyshire and Warwickshire fully accessible for the first time. Join us for an online workshop to explore new opportunities for academic teaching and research using these and other newly catalogued coal archives.



12.55 Welcome and introductions

Session A – Midlands coal archives

1.00 – 2.00 pm

Derbyshire Record Office and Warwickshire County Record Office – Mining the Seams: the Derbyshire and Warwickshire National Coal Board and miners’ trades union archives

2.00 – 2.15 pm

Charlotte Berry (Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick) – Mining the Past: preserving, cataloguing, and digitising the central National Union of Mineworkers HQ archive (project starting later in 2021)

2.15 – 2.30 pm

Dr Cath Feely (University of Derby) – Teaching the Seams: two case studies from Derbyshire’s NCB archive


Session B – Opportunities for research

2.45 – 3.15pm

Dr Ben Curtis (University of Wolverhampton) – Blood on the coal: national perspectives on the study of occupational injury, health and disability in the coal industry

3.15 – 4.00pm

Round table discussion: how can we encourage university students and academics to use these resources? What else can be done to continue improving accessibility of coal collections in the Midlands?

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