Since the prehistoric mining of flint and the working of copper in Anglesey in the Bronze Age, Britain's mineral riches have been exploited for many centuries. The range of useful materials yielded by the rocks of Britain is remarkable. In his new book Professor Geoff Coyle, a former mining engineer and from a mining family himself, sketches the story of how mining has shaped Britain. The account is wide ranging, involving stories of the mineral wealth of Britain and its exploitation, from simple quarrying to the advent of mass production. There are tales of the miners' lives and the great mining families, as well as accounts of the miner's work, the conditions in the mines, and mining disasters. Coyle weaves his personal experience and passion into the story, illuminating the industrial history, geology, and technology. Each chapter highlights one of the main mining fields and explores the mineral in question, its exploitation, and how technological changes affected the mining techniques used. This event is ticketed, but tickets are FREE. Tickets are available from the front desk at Blackwell, Edinburgh. For more information please contact Ann Landmann on 0131 622 8206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (oxygen_142)
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