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Pit Lasses: The Female Miners of 1842. Speaker Denise Bates

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Pit Lasses tells the story of around 6,000 women and girls aged between 5 – 75 years old who were working underground in coal mines .

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Sparked by the discovery that my 4x Great Grandmother was one of these women, Icarried out new and extensive research in primary sources, trying to discover what her life would have been like.

These sources included the reports of the Children's Employment Commission published in May 1842, the 1841 census, Hansard and contemporarynewspapers. Using the information given to the Royal Commission by 300+ women andgirls who worked in the Lancashire, Yorkshire, Scottish and Welsh coal fields,

Pit Lasses demonstrates that the shocking criticisms of mining women made in 1842 were based on trivial or out-of-context evidence given by witnesses who had a vested interest i ndenigrating female miners. Far from being feckless, pitiable creatures, female miners were principled, moral women who earned their living and ran a home to a good standard.

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Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society was established in 1964. The Society encourages and supports research into family history and works for the preservation of and improved access to relevant archival material.

An important part of the Society's work is to educate researchers so that they may get the best out of their research through a regular programme of talks for beginners and quarterly meetings with speakers on topics relating to family history and local history within Greater Manchester. M&LFHS members benefit from free and/or priority access to these events.

For details of how to join M&LFHS visit the Society's pages at www.mlfhs.org.uk

 

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