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  • ArticlesColliery checks and tokens

    30 January 2013

    [image: colliery lamp check]

    Lamp checks (or 'tokens' or 'tallies') - used to find out how many men were actually underground during an incident such as a fire or explosion - are one of the most popular coal mining objects collected by both museums and the general public.
  • GalleriesCoal Miners' Badges

    13 July 2012

    [image: coal miners' badges]

    There are many examples of badges connected to the coal industry. These badges were usually produced during industrial disputes or following mining disasters and were often sold to raise funds. Amgueddfa Cymru have several hundred examples of these these badges, some of which are now available to view online.

  • ArticlesMission accomplished

    19 June 2012

    [image: Tynewydd Disaster]

    The Chilean mine rescue of 2010 reminded many of a similar incident in the Rhondda Valleys over 130 years before. On the 11th April 1877 Tynewydd Colliery became flooded by water, triggering a desperate rescue effort to save the fourteen miners trapped underground.

  • GalleriesJohn Cornwell

    10 January 2012

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  • GalleriesCoal Miners' Badges

    13 July 2012

    [image: coal miners' badges]

    There are many examples of badges connected to the coal industry. These badges were usually produced during industrial disputes or following mining disasters and were often sold to raise funds. Amgueddfa Cymru have several hundred examples of these these badges, some of which are now available to view online.

  • GalleriesJohn Cornwell

    10 January 2012

    [image: John Cornwell Photographs]

    John Cornwell was a freelance photographer who took many photographs of collieries, both underground and on the surface, during the 1970s and early 1980s. He perfected a method of underground photography using the standard colliery lighting and was able to photograph coal faces, roadways, shafts and equipment with amazing clarity.

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