When I was studying for my 1st Class MQB certificate, way back in the late 50's, this monthly publication was regarded as essential reading. I think it was produced in Wigan and apart from articles of interest to a student, it contained sample answers to questions previously set in the MQB exams. It's all defunct now of course, but I often wonder if there are any archive copies around, somewhere. It was a very worthwhile publication, quite cheaply produced and avidly read.
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A handbook for mining students and colliery managers, printed by Thomas Wall and Sons, 27, Wallgate, Wigan. Edited by C. M. Percy, M.E., F.G.S., of the Wigan School of Mines.
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Download A copy of Vol.53, No.1, dated 11th July 1942
What a fantastic magazine....4d a fortnight. I too used to read them whilst studying for my Surveyor's Certificate etc in the 1950s. As you say, the exam questions were answered in a simple straightforward way and easily understood. They certainly helped me for several certificates including Deputy and Shotfirer, City & Guilds, Builders Surveying, Home Office cert, ONC and HNC.
I did have many copies and unfortunately gave them to the Mining Records Office of the Coal Authority where they are languishing unseen and unused in a locked up library.
When I gave them years ago the library was open plan and all books were available to anyone.
I have contacted that department today to see if I can have them back.
I am awaiting a reply, but of course I should have given them on permanent loan, then there would be no problem in having them back.....
Will let you know when I receive a reply.