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The Felling Colliery Banner | by Beamish Museum
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The Felling Colliery Banner

Two hundred years ago on 25 May 1812 at 11:30am 92 men and boys, died in an explosion at John Pit in the Felling, Gateshead. This was a major mining tragedy in the community and a disaster of great historical importance, as it brought about the design of a number of miners’ safety lamps.


To mark this event, the Felling Activity Project Group – led by community members - is planning a range of events and activities that will culminate in a two day event on May 25th and 26th.


Read more on our website


Photograph Courtesy of Colin Slater, one of the Friends of Beamish.

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Taken on May 30, 2012