Book to be launched at the Heritage Centre

A new index of ‘Mining Deaths in North Staffordshire 1756-1995’, compiled by Mark Casewell of the Audley and District Family History Society, will be launched at Apedale Heritage Centre, Loomer Rd, Chesterton, on Sunday 9th August at 1.30-2pm.

The book contains about 4,400 entries of miners who were killed, plus about 250 who were injured. Details include name, age, place and date of the accident, place of burial, occupation and address and an indication of the nature of the accident. The launch will feature an introduction by its compiler, Mark Casewell, who has spent many years on the project. This will be followed by a brief talk of about 20 minutes by Ian Bailey.

Ian helped to prepare the book for publication and will explain why he believes it has enormous value for all those with an interest in mining in the area. It costs £5.50, but will be sold for £5 to all who purchase on the day. Admission to the event and the museum is free. Mine tours will be available as usual and the Apedale Valley Light Railway are running a steam service on the day.

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