Worker records

This guide was last updated in 2009

Surviving colliery company and employee records are deposited with local and municipal record offices.

A search for those relating to England and Wales can be made using the Access to Archives (A2A) website at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a.

For example, employee registers for Cheshire’s Poyoton Colliery, dating from 1904 (Ref: D4368/2), are held by the Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Centre (telephone 01244 972574).  

At the Tyne & Wear Archives Centre (0191 277 2248) there is a guide to coal industry records for north east England, also available on their website at www.twmuseums.org.uk/tyne-and-wear-archives.html

In Scotland, a search facility is available through the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) project that provides links to over 50 Scottish archives. A guide to Scotland’s coal mining records is available from National Archives of Scotland (telephone 0131 535 1334), which can also be downloaded from www.nas.gov.uk/guides/coalmining.asp.

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