Bob Maynard presents The 1842 UK Royal Commission into Women & Children working in the mines,
Bob has over 40 years of experience in the minerals industry with 30 years associated directly with underground coal mining in the UK and Australia.
He will relate that the UK Royal Commission enquired into mining working conditions for women and children. Amongst many things, it discovered that children as young as 6 years of age worked deep underground in the almost pitch black dark aided by a single safety candle, usually working naked along with their older brothers and fathers, uncles and grandfathers. Working for as little as 4 pence per day as a young child, with the men earning 20 shillings per week.
Come along and hear this intriguing story.
The lecture is free and will be followed by supper.