Don't be put off publishing, from a personal point of view I think we all
have something to add, of course it is only right to be as accurate as
possible. My wife bought the book in question for me, but I've only dipped in
and not been grabbed, I'll have a closer look later, but I expect that it
covers areas which I know very little of.
As for costs at the National Archives, book into one of the B & Bs at Kew
and take your camera. They aren't that expensive and Kew is a very nice
place, you only get distrubed by flights into Heathrow on alternate nights.
With a camera you can photograph all you like for free. You do need two hands
though from time to time.
In a message dated 26/08/2011 19:09:26 GMT Daylight Time,
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I have not seen the publication in question so can’t comment on its
content. What I would like to point out is that information in the public domain
varies quite considerably regarding the same mines in some cases of Devon’s
mining past. Newspaper reports, often hyped up to entice potential
shareholders to part with their hard earned cash differ from company records found
in Public Record Offices. Facts and figures quoted are sometimes different
to the Official Returns… it’s hard to believe some of the newspaper
reports as well as the Mining Journal reports. I know that the editors only
published with good intent the information supplied.
In my personal opinion if two well-known academics (Peter & Roger) have
reviewed the publication and have made their observations known, then there
are discrepancies, which may deter the mining enthusiast from purchasing it.
Maybe the author didn’t use all available material at the time of
research. If that’s the case then personally I feel that future authors should take
note, and access all available material before their research is put into
I have been pondering on writing a book on Devon’s tin mining in the 19th
century. I am concerned that I might not be able to access all material due
to the high cost of photographs and photocopies of material from Public
I sent a request to the National Archives and received a telephone number…
or that’s what I thought it was, until I read it was their price for the
material I’d requested. The articles requested were from the Board of Trade
listed on their website for a number of tin mines of Devon. So that was that
Kindest regards Chris Kelland