Durham Miners' Association archives now online

Durham Miners' Association records spanning more than 60 years of coal mining in the North East are now available to browse on the internet.

Researcher browses mining archive
A researcher browses the very first volume of records, from 1876. Credit: ITV

The minutes of meetings, accident reports and balance sheets have been digitised by researchers at the North East England Mining and Research Archive (Neemarc) at Sunderland University. They will be of use to genealogists tracing ancestors from the North East, as well as students and scholars.

Mining archive
The whole collection, from 1876 to 1941, is now available on the internet Credit: ITV

The accident reports show how dangerous the profession was, with accounts of injuries suffered by miners, from those still in their teens to others well into their sixties.

The records also document the support offered by the Association - a branch of the National Union of Miners - to miners, including offering compensation to widows and children of men killed at work.

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Historic mining records online

Durham Miners' Association records spanning more than 60 years of coal mining in the North East are now available to browse on the internet.