Unfortunately this facility is only available to list members with access to
a UK academic server, ie. with an <ac.uk> address.
I've done a quick check for 'mining' images and come up with 50 to 80 on
each of two of the archives listed, Picture Post and the Social Political
History of Britain - a search of the St Andrews archive under 'mining'
turned up one picture only, of the Ffestiniog Railway!
There is a nice photo of Pleasley Colliery dated 1926, taken on the return
to work after the General Strike, and another, dated 1948, of iron mining in
The images are freely available for use in academic work. Check yourself,
you might find something useful.
*FREE PICTURES FOR EVERYONE IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE UK
*52,000 images free for educational use to UK HE
*The images and textual information in HELIX can be used in UK Higher
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*web based service - complete with project info, usage info, help,
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*Press release below
Press release - 13 July 1998.
If a picture paints a thousand words then 52,000 free images, covering
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That resource has become a reality for the first time with the launch
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The £0.5 million project was funded by the Joint Information Systems
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Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib). De Montfort - renowned for its
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More than two years' research has gone into setting up HELIX, and
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Sophia Goddard, HELIX project manager at De Montfort's International
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