Mines and Lighting

On the surface of the Earth, the sun provides natural light for people to see by. Even at night, when the sun is behind the Earth, the moon reflects some sunlight, and the stars provide a little light.

The sun’s light cannot reach underground, which means that unless you have a way of making light, underground areas like caves and mines are always completely dark. Lighting was developed during the ages, with lighting including:

  • Early Lighting
  • Safety Lamps
  • Flame-free Lighting

To learn about how the development of lighting helped to change coal mining itself, follow the pdf. below provided by the National Coal Mining Museum:

Mine lighting

For more information on our wonderful heritage partner, the National Coal Mining Museum for England, follow the link below: