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'Owd up! Sorry, roof's not safe' (Derbyshire Miners)

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: National Coal Mining Museum for England

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Slade School-trained Edith Margaret Betty Hughes was born in Langley Mill, a small mining village on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border. Although Hughes painted only a handful of mining portraits, the industry has clearly had an important impact on her life. Many of her friends, neighbours and fellow members of her local art group had some connection with the local pits. During the late 1940s a geography teacher at her school was keen to visit a working mine.

National Coal Mining Museum for England





acrylic on board


H 50 x W 75 cm

Accession number

YKSMM: 1997.754

Acquisition method

gift, 1994

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National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH England

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