The Black Country was famous for coal mining back in the day!
But working in the mines wasn’t just a pretty horrible job because it was so hard, dark, and dirty work; it was also really dangerous.
You could be crushed by falling rock, suffocate on gasses, or be caught up in an explosion if any flammable gases caught on fire.
In this episode of ‘Adventures Through Time’ we learn all about the famous Rounds Green Colliery Explosion that happened in 1846.
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The Black Country had a lot of kids working in the mines as employers didn’t have to pay them much!
It was a really difficult and dangerous job for the adults, but it was even harder for the kids.
Try writing a short story about a child miner and see if you can imagine what it would be like to have that job.