Beamish museum represents life in the North-East of England, which means our collections hold a wealth of material relating to mining and the sadly frequent disasters which befell this dangerous work. Here we have highlighted an object which marks a disaster being averted exactly 140 years ago today! On 9th July 1874 Robert Trotter, a miner at the collieries of West Pelton – very close to the museum site – saved his colleague Henry Porter from drowning. To show their gratitude the workers of the colliery presented Robert with this ceremonial clock, bearing the inscription;
‘Presented to Robert Trotter by the workmen of West Pelton Collieries for his bravery in saving Henry Porter from Drowning at Twizel Pit on July 9th 1874’
Visitors will be able to see this clock for themselves when it goes on display later this month in our new open stores aisle in Beamish’s Regional Resource Centre.