Monthly Archives: May 2014

Stan’s Scans

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.

81586 - Portrait of Billy Longstaff, a miner at Sherburn Hill Colliery, model engineer and amateur photographer who lived at 32 The Crescent, Sherburn Village, c1955. He has a butterfly tattoo on his forearm.

81586 – Portrait of Billy Longstaff, a miner at Sherburn Hill Colliery, model engineer and amateur photographer who lived at 32 The Crescent, Sherburn Village, c1955. He has a butterfly tattoo on his forearm.

Ashington Collieries - portrait of a miner. 1950s

Ashington Collieries – portrait of a miner. 1950s

Stan’s Scans

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?

38412 - Tram 276 after the collision in Gosforth.

38412 – Tram 276 after the collision in Gosforth.

 

 

 

38408 - The other tram involved in the collision came off no better than no.276...

38408 – The other (un-identified) tram involved in the collision came off no better than no.276…

Latest additions to the collection

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:

Sacriston Disaster

3 Miners Entombed

Nov 16, 1903

R. Richardson

Rescued Alive

After 91 Hours

Peril

 

Temp 10660

Identification Number: TEMP 10660

Stan’s Scans

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!

Long queue of children outside the Essoldo Cinema, Stanley waiting to see "The Cave In" starring Jean Muir. Note muddy un-tarmaced road. 30th or 31st December 1937. Photo no. 67128

Long queue of children outside the Essoldo Cinema, Stanley waiting to see “The Cave In” starring Jean Muir. Note muddy un-tarmaced road. 30th or 31st December 1937. Photo no. 67128