Twizel Pit Presentation Clock – 140 years later.

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′

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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.

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