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Children and Mining

We will learn what a mine is and why it is important in our local area.  We will learn about the jobs that children did in mines and discuss the law that was passed to stop women and children from working in the mines. 

15 November 2021


We looked at what mining is and what job a person does who works down a mine.  We looked at lots of photographs of Grimethorpe Colliery and discussed why mining was so important in Grimethorpe in the past.  Our task was to research Grimethorpe Colliery and we chose how we wanted to show what we had learnt.  Some of us had family members who worked at Grimethorpe Colliery.

16 November 2021


Today we discussed the different jobs that children did down the mines and how dangerous they were.

17 November 2021


We were very lucky today to take part in an virtual workshop with the National Coal Mining Museum.  We met some Victorian workers and got to ask lots of questions.  We found out what it was like for families to work underground before 1842 and we learnt more about what jobs were done by children.   

18 November 2021


We had a fantastic day visiting the Yorkshire Mining Museum.  We got to experience what it must have been like for children working down the mines in the past.