A Visual Journey To A Welsh Coal Mine

South Wales was the center of coal mining during the Industrial Revolution, with Cardiff becoming the largest coal exporting port in the world.  We recently had a chance to visit the Gulbenkian Prize winning Big Pit National Coal Museum located in Blaenavon and made our first descent into what was once one of the largest working coal mines.  While photography is prohibited in the mines, we give you a visual tour through what we could capture.  The informative tours offered here let you have some fun (you get to gear up like the miners and test their equipment) and provides some not so fun facts (little children got killed working here, horses never saw daylight and  more).  To learn more about visiting Big Pit, please visit their excellent website at http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit/

The entrance
The entrance
An introduction to the mine and its history
An introduction to the mine and its history
A site map of the area
A site map of the area
A site map of the coal mine
A site map of the coal mine
A look at the mine from outside
A look at the mine from outside
The trains that transported the coal
The trains that transported the coal
More transportation from the past
More transportation from the past
Taking a pipe down was dangerous and required a public apology
Taking a pipe down was dangerous and required a public apology
This is one way to keep miners safe from poisonous gases
This is one way miners were kept safe from poisonous gases
All dressed to descend
All dressed to descend

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