Drying Room, Pit-head Baths, Ashington Colliery, Northumberland
© Photograph by Edith Tudor-Hart

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Drying Room, Pit-head Baths, Ashington Colliery, Northumberland Photographed about 1937
This photograph was used to illustrate an up-beat investigative article about Tyneside published in the ‘Geographical Magazine’ in 1937. The author sought to dispel the image of the blackened miner deep underground and Ashington, a comparatively modern mine, was held up as a model for the future. The coal districts of the North East were not “bleak or cheerless” and Ashington resembled “rather a modern factory for the production of cosmetics than a colliery”. However, none of Tudor-Hart’s photographs of working miners were reproduced in the article and it is unclear whether she approved of its rather sanitised editorial line.

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 279.48B
  • Medium Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • Size 30.30 x 30.10 cm
  • Credit Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004