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Coal mining helped fuel Durham’s own industrial revolution. The 19th and 20th centuries saw huge changes; old technologies made way for new and radical transport developments transformed the countryside and its people.  This was a period of dramatic change and it had a huge impact on the county.

In County Durham there is a vast and largely untapped resource of mining knowledge. The Coal Mining Oral History Project tapped into this resource by recording the memories of miners and mining families. The project was developed and managed by Durham County Council and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

These recordings will help future generations to learn about disappearing working practices and the use of traditional tools as well as recording for posterity the dialects and terminology used in mining communities.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this project and who helped to make it such a success.