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Working Lives in the Coal Mines: Mining History and Heritage
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Uncover the lives of coal industry workers and miners in the long 19th century
On this course, you’ll explore the history and heritage of British mining labour. You’ll discover the evolution of the role of coal-miners in the 19th century, the hardships they endured, and learn how mining has affected British industrial heritage today. Through online resources and museum archives, you’ll gain historical, literary and genealogical research skills, and learn to critically assess mining artefacts and representations of life in the mines. You’ll also learn how these representations relate to wider issues of class, gender, and political and professional identity.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Discuss the range of activities involved in working in the mining industry in the long nineteenth century, and how these changed during the period covered by the course.
- Assess representations of working lives in the mines and mining artefacts and discuss how they relate to wider questions of class, gender, and political and professional identity.
- Reflect how mining work impacted on the body in this period
- Engage with written and oral material on workers’ lives within the appropriate historical and material contexts.
- Engage with online resources, including museum archives, and perform searches in these and other archives for material relevant to mining history and workers’ lives.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for people with an interest in mining history or heritage, or industrial heritage more broadly.
The course will also be of interest to professionals working in or aiming to work in the heritage sector and students at school or university who have an interest in the long Victorian period.
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