Worker records

This guide was last updated in 2009

Surviving colliery company and employee records are deposited with local and municipal record offices.

A search for those relating to England and Wales can be made using the Access to Archives (A2A) website at

For example, employee registers for Cheshire’s Poyoton Colliery, dating from 1904 (Ref: D4368/2), are held by the Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Centre (telephone 01244 972574).  

At the Tyne & Wear Archives Centre (0191 277 2248) there is a guide to coal industry records for north east England, also available on their website at

In Scotland, a search facility is available through the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) project that provides links to over 50 Scottish archives. A guide to Scotland’s coal mining records is available from National Archives of Scotland (telephone 0131 535 1334), which can also be downloaded from

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