D. Thomas Hair’s Prints of the Coalfield

During the 1830s, a local artist Thomas Hair made a series of watercolours of the Northumberland and Durham Coalfield which provide an invaluable series of illustrations of the industry in the age before photography began. The collection is now owned by the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle.

For the later history of the collieries in the Northumberland and Durham Coalfield, together with illustrations, refer to the website of Durham Mining Museum. There is also a full copy of Hair’s book on line.

Several artists have recorded scenes from the mining communities in the twentieth century notably the Ashington School who have a permanent exhibition of their work at Woodhorn Museum and Michael Cornish whose paintings are often displayed at the Gallery of Northumbria University. Some of the best underground scenes are the paintings of Tom Lamb, a miner at Craghead Colliery between 1942 and 1969, whose sketch books are at the Mining Institute.

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Air shaft, Wallsend

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Benwell Staith

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Church Pit, Wallsend

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Wallsend ‘C’ Pit

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Drops at Wallsend

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‘C’ Pit, Hebburn Colliery

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Jarrow Colliery

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Jubilee Pit, Coxlodge Colliery

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Regent Pit, Coxlodge Colliery

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Walbottle Colliery

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Hartley Colliery

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Old Pit, Burdon Main Colliery

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Wylam locomotive

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