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From the Cradle to the Coalmine

The Story of Children in Welsh Mines

It is widely believed that the employment of children underground in coal mines ended with the establishment in 1840 of the Children’s Employment Commission, which exposed dangerous working conditions and sparked the adoption of a law that prevented children under the age of ten from working underground.  What Ceri Thompson reveals in his richly illustrated From the Cradle to the Coalmine, however, is that the lack of inspectors made the law difficult to enforce, and many children continued to work illegally until Parliament made school attendance compulsory in the 1860s.

112 pages | 46 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Chronology of Important Dates


Child Miners: The 1842 Commission

Collier Boys: The coal boom, 1850s to the 1920s

Mining Trainees: From depression to nationalisation, 1920s to the 1980s

Child Miners Today

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