Fun Facts

Here are some fun facts about our mining heritage.


Richard Redmayne

Did you now that Low Fell-born Richard Redmayne, the first Chief Inspector of Mines, and contributor to the increased safety of coal miners’ working conditions was Richard Redmayne, great-grandfather of Hollywood Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne?

Coal Origin

We think of coal as a rock, but it’s actually made from trees that fell over and didn’t decompose (because there were no critters and bacteria around yet to eat it). They just fell on each other and over millions of years, hardened to make coal.

You are made of coal

Coal is a type of carbon. Carbon is one of the essential elements that the human body needs to function. Our bodies are over 18% carbon.