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Photograph of miners - Falkirk Museums and SCRAN

Coal mining has existed in Scotland since the 12th century. The development of the steam engine by James Watt in the 18th century began to increase demand for coal. Railway development in the 19th century increased demand for coal further and mines therefore had to be dug deeper.

This site uses a variety of source material taken from the participating archives of the Scottish Archive Network. It is aimed mainly at the Standard Grade History unit, Changing Life in Scotland and Britain, Context B: 1830s-1930s.

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