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LSS: Stuart Warburton - A View from the "Lounge" – A Medieval Leics Coalmine

Description: Stuart Warburton

A View from the Lounge – A Medieval Coalmine in Leicestershire

Between 1987 and 1994 an opencast coal mine called Lounge in North West Leicestershire allowed Leicestershire Museums to keep a watching brief and collect artefacts found during coal extraction.

The open cast was located in an area of early coal working but no-one realised the importance of the local mining industry until analysis of the find began and resulted in a reappraisal of the history of medieval coal mining and a rewriting of the history and significance of mining during the medieval period.

Amongst the finds was the oldest woollen working class garment to be found in the country, dating from between 1425 and 1465 and its conservation and preservation gave mining and costume historians their first look at the appearance of a coalminer at the time of the War of the Roses.

The talk will examine the archaeology, artefacts, the construction of the mine shaft and workings it served. Associated documentary evidence will look at the working conditions of the miners, their life style and the clothes they wore.
Stuart is a retired Museum Curator. From 1987 to 1997 he was the Curator of Science and Industry at Snibston Discovery Museum and Project Manager of the Lounge Opencast Mine excavation.

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Location: Online via Zoom
Date: Sunday, 7 February 2021
Time: 18:30 GMT
Access: Public
Category: LSS - Public event (not at Secular Hall)*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Thursday, 7 January 2021 12:43 GMT
Attachments: None

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