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Brian Blakey - Clifton Colliery Cycling Club, Enamel Badge - Any Information?
Andy Turnham - Looking for Information - Durham and Northumberland Colliery Fire and Rescue Brigade
Graham Bennett (South Wales) - Is This A Mines Rescue Canary Cage?
Helen Martinez - Mining Exhibition - Require images of the Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station and/or the men that worked there.
Margaret Jones - Mining Terminology - What is a 'Filler'
Sara Lucas - What is an Incline Runner?
Rick Stanton - Did the Mines Rescue Service ever have underwater diving capabilities?
Xavier Huygen - We're looking for complete miners' costumes e.g. shirt, pants, coat, helmet, scarf, shoes and lights.
Vivien Kay - Purchasing Memorabilia For Our 'Mining Box' to be used by Schools, Youth Groups, Care Homes and Day Care Centres


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Brian Blakey
21 November 2012
Clifton Colliery Cycling Club, Enamel Badge - Any Information?

Hi, I have come across an enamel badge, Clifton Colliery Cycling Club. I have searched your site, but cannot find anything related to it. Can you help?

I am quite happy for the badge to go to a museum or collection, no charge at all.

Regards Brian Blakey



Andy Turnham
25 July 2012
Looking for Information - Durham and Northumberland Colliery Fire and Rescue Brigade

Hi, I'm a fire helmet collector and I have just acquired a helmet reputed to have come from the Durham and Northumberland Colliery Fire and Rescue Brigade (late 1930s/early 1940s). 

It belonged to a G.A. Godfrey, 3rd Officer.  I'd really like to know more about this organisation but can find nothing on the internet.  I was hoping you could give me some leads.

Regards,
Andy Turnham


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Graham Bennett (South Wales)
25 July 2012
Is This A Mines Rescue Canary Cage?

Hi,
I am an ex-miner and collector and have recently purchased what was described as a mines rescue canary tin box with a cage. It`s Black and has 4 circular dark Green windows and a removable inners cage, the cage has a perch and built in aluminium food/drink trays.  It has breathing holes, a carrying handle and the size is about 12" x 6" x 6".

It is old and I should think it`s from the 1900s/1920s.

I was wondering if there was such a thing in the mines rescue teams equipment or if it is actually a WW1 sappers canary box. 
Can you help in anyway?

Many thanks,
Graham Bennett (South Wales).



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Helen Martinez
3 January 2012
Mining Exhibition - Require images of the Ilkeston Mines Rescue Station and/or the men that worked there

Hi,
I'm hoping you might be able to help me - we are going to be holding a mining exhibition here at the museum in Ilkeston this year and I wondered if you have any images you could let me use?  I'm particularly interested in images of the mines rescue station or the men that worked there.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards
Helen

 

Helen Martinez
Museum Service Manager

Erewash Museum
Derbyshire Museum of the Year 2011
High St
Ilkeston
Derbyshire
DE7 5JA
0115 9071141
ext: 4602



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Margaret Jones
6 January 2012
Mining Terminology - What is a 'Filler'

Dear Fionn,
Your List of Pit Terminologies does not mention FILLER.   I presume it was someone who filled the tubs of hewn coal, but as the work described under COLLIER included filling tubs, could there be any other more specific task provided by a Filler.   

My grandfather William Green who was killed in the Cadby disaster was described as a Filler, so I have a personal interest in this.

Kind regards,

Margaret Jones.

Filler: – a miner at the coal face with a shovel, he could be filling corves with coal, corves being strong osier baskets in which the coals were conveyed.  He could be shovelling coal onto conveyors, often working in very difficult places often lying on their sides in a space with the roof only 20-22 inches from the floor.


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Sara Lucas
26 November 2011
What is an Incline Runner?

Hi 
 
I am researching my family tree, and one of them was a "Coal Miner Incline Runner" Do you know the description of this?
 
Cheers

Sara


Different coalfields had different names for things, I would assume a 'Dook Runner' and an 'Incline Runner' are the same; in the north east of England in 1894 a 'Dook runner' was a person who sent wagons up an inclined roadway and ran or travelled with them.

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Rick Stanton 
23 November 2011
Did the Mines Rescue Service ever have underwater diving capabilities?

Hi there 
Was wondering if you could help in answering a question. Are you aware if the Mines Rescue Service ever had any underwater diving capabilities amongst their skill set?

  Many thanks

  Rick Stanton 

PS if you google my name you may realise from what angle I ask this question. 


I do not think so, despite this photo.
They have helped in caving accidents however.


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Xavier Huygen
11 November 2011
We’re looking for complete miners’ costumes e.g. shirt, pants, coat, helmet, scarf, shoes and lights.

Dear Sir,
Please allow me to introduce ourselves: our non-profit association “MijnVerleden” consists a group of enthusiastic ex-miners. We built our own private museum (www.mijndepot.be) at Genk, situated in the mine of André Dumont.

In 2012, we will co-operate with “MANIFESTA” (http://manifesta.org/biennials/manifesta9_current/) to organize a big event where we want to install an exhibition about mining. Therefore, we’ re looking for complete miners’ costumes (shirt, pants, coat, helmet, scarf, shoes and light).
Maybe you can help us? A little explanation would be great!

Afterwards, we want to make it a travelling exhibition that can take place in your region too.

 

Hopefully we can work together.

Regards.

Xavier Huygen - Binnenlaan 64 - B 3600 Genk  +32 (0) 477/33.85.55

Mijn-Verleden vzw
Xavier Huygen
Binnenlaan 64
B - 3600 Genk
+32 477/33.85.55


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Vivien Kay
03 November 2011
Purchasing Memorabilia For Our 'Mining Box' to be used by Schools, Youth Groups, Care Homes and Day Care Centres

Hello
I am the Education Coordinator at the Bailiffgate Museum (www.bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk) in Alnwick, Northumberland and we are putting together a Mining box for our Loans and Reminiscence Service, which will be used by Schools, Youth Groups, Care Homes and Day Care Centres.

I am trying to purchase a metal water bottle, "bait" (lunch) box, and a canvas bag and cannot find any of these items for sale online. I wondered if you could help. I would also like any other mining memorabilia suitable for handling by children - clothing, knee pads or aprons, pit checks, etc. Funds are limited so if anyone you know would be willing to donate these items, all the better - we would be extremely grateful.

Thanks
Vivien Kay


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