|Posted by Alaska. on March 13, 2016 at 11:45 AM|
I have dealt with a great many in the past few months, sadly, I shall have to confine the answers to mainly members, for it takes up a fair bit of time researching. I will however do my best to respond to all that come in, so do keep asking. Very pleased to see that some volunteers at The Black Country Living Museum are using some of the information on the Website, to enhance the many visitors experience of their excellent site. I am flattered. The Mining section continues to grow, thanks to the efforts of Pedro, for a series of well researched and informative articles on the subject. For those who have read the many topics, you may by now be aware, that beneath the surface, lies not just Coal, but a little scandal and underhanded tricks as well. Not just the owners either, for almost every " Butty Miner " I have come across, owned a little grocery shop, for they were very quick to follow the owners in operating the deplorable " Truck System ". This comprised paying the miners in tokens and goods, rather than proper money, goods, which were not up to standard, and tokens, that they set their own value on. Despite the method being declared illegal, it operated in the Black Country well into the 1890s. There have been many other Potographs and Postcards added to the Gallery as well, and I hope you all enjoy viewing them. The website continues to grow, with visitors from around the World increasing, searching for information and background details on how their ancesters managed their lives, amidst the ups and downs of a turbulent industrial period. If you have a story to tell, and it falls within the scope and area of the website, do please contact me, and I will endeavour to include it in the appropiate section. Finally, I have re-installed the Guest Book Page. Your general comments about the site and the contents, are more than welcome. To all the many members who regulary use the website, thank you for the continued support, and thank you for reading this bit of a rambling blog.