Monday, 16th October, 2017

Children of the Pit Villages, talk by Philip Dyer
On Monday, 16th October we are pleased to welcome Philip Dyer to our meeting.  Philip is a retired solicitor who practised in Sunderland for over forty years. In recent years he has developed a strong interest in local history encouraged by talks and study groups held in Durham.

His talk looks at life for the children of some of the pit villages of Durham in the nineteenth century, when deep mining was developing eastwards across the coalfield.  Philip will begin with an example from the early part of the century, followed with some accounts of the industry and its conditions and dangers particularly for children.  He then takes a look at the miner’s home, the impact of religion and the provision of schooling for the youngsters.

The meeting will be held in Room A, upstairs in Cleadon Park Library, which is beside the roundabout at the end of Prince Edward Road, and runs from   5.15 to 6.45pm.  As always, we will be pleased to welcome visitors at a charge of £1. We look forward to seeing you there