Queen Coal? Why should we remember Victorian mining women?

Teachers' notes and linked resources

This learning resource is the first in a series examining the changing roles played by women in the coal mining industry through the 19th and 20th centuries. The other resources include: 

Downloads and related links are provided at the bottom of each page within the resource, to encourage further research.

Curriculum links:

KS3 History - Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

Aims of resource:

To provide archive material supporting thematic work on the role of women in the coal mining industry.

Learning objectives:

Knowledge of women’s roles in mining through a range of evidence 

Understanding of key historical skills and processes of inquiry

Skills to present findings using a range of historical sources


Discussion ideas: 

  • What factors within these women's histories do you feel are particularly remarkable or moving?
  • What do they tell us about women's work in the past?
  • What do these accounts suggest about women’s contribution to mining industry?
  • What can we learn from the ways in which these stories are told?
  • How do you think women’s roles have been remembered?

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