The Chorley Heritage Group has recently acquired a collection of 28 lever arch files containing an ‘Encyclopaedia of Mining’. LFHHS Chorley Family History Research Centre agreed to give this wonderful resource a home in our Library.
This collection is primarily in two parts. The first being details of collieries and pits throughout England – whilst not totally comprehensive, it primarily covers Lancashire but then spreads out through the country. This contains pictures, maps of mine locations and mine workings, geological plans, and descriptions of the collieries and mines. The second part is transcriptions of newspaper articles detailing accidents and fatalities associated with the mines.
The whole collection is hand written and drawn and represents the life work of a very dedicated gentleman.
It is our intention to create a very simple index of the ‘Encyclopaedia’ – so that people can easily access the information. This index will be published online as well as in the Centre and hopefully on other locations like Lancashire Archives, National Archives, Mining Museums and the like.
To bring this index into reality, we need some help. Please will you consider joining our transcribing team – many hands make light work!
If you need any further information, or would like to join us, please get in touch with me.
01257 262028 / 07542 699024
steve.williams24 @ gmail.com