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Working Lives in the Coal Mines: Mining History and Heritage

University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn

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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.

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.

Taught by

Kirstie Blair


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  • Jennifer Foley

    Jennifer Foley completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This course was really well put together and the instructors were great. I learned so much. Because I had such a good experience with this course, I plan to take the other courses in the series offered by the same instructors at University of Strathclyde.

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