Stan, our volunteer busily engaged on scanning the museum’s several million negatives, has selected these two evocative 1950s portraits of Durham miners to share as his highlights of the week.
Stan has found a couple of real gems in our photo archive this week, showing a collision between two trams in Gosforth in the 1940s. Can anyone shed any more light on this incident?
The museum is continually adding to and expanding our collection. Here is the most recent object to be added:
It is an etched glass jug commemorating the 1903 Sacriston Colliery Disaster. During that disaster, two hewers (Thomas McCormick and John Whittaker, both of Elliot Street, Sacriston) drowned during an inrush of water. A third hewer, R. Richardson, survived more than ninety hours underground, in water only inches below the top of the seam, until a powerful enough pump could be sourced to remove the water. The text etched onto the glass reads:
3 Miners Entombed
Nov 16, 1903
After 91 Hours
Identification Number: TEMP 10660
Here’s a new feature showcasing some of the gems in the museum’s photo archive as they’re being scanned by Stan, one of our hard-working collections volunteers. We’re in the on-going process of digitising our several million images, so as you can imagine Stan is rather busy!