Coal was the bedrock of the North East. It facilitated economic and social change in every corner, enabling the region to thrive as an industrial powerhouse. Intense mining also led to terrible loss in countless disasters, and deprivation in the villages which depended on it. The Coals Archive intends to catalogue the area's rich mining history for a new generation, to ensure we never forget the sacrifice our ancestors made.
Scroll down our comprehensive database to explore the hundreds of workings which became the arteries of our region's prosperity.