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The strong Miner



For many children, working in the mines was their only future perspective. Some started after primary school. They spent long days underground, crawling through narrow passages to mine coal. Their small size was seen as an asset to mining companies.

It was not officially allowed for children to work in the mines at that age. In the case of an inspection, mining companies would state that the children were learning the craft. It was not phrased as child labour, but as education.

Children worked in the mines for different reasons. Some had to support their families with income, but others worked because it was expected of them to follow their fathers’ footsteps. At that time, it was normal for sons to continue a lineage of their fathers’ occupation. For others, it was the only alternative to going to school. Some children had trouble learning; others had father that, being miners themselves, instilled little faith in their educational potential. As such, even if they started going to school, many would drop out after receiving low grades, aiming instead for a career in the mines.


What do you think? Do you think that the strong Mining Man is indeed a hero, as shown in the comic? Why do you think so?


To help you find an answer, take a look at this 3D representation on the right. Do you recognize it? The strong miner was based on this particular 3D model, and this 3D model was created by using special software and pictures of the original figurine.


Want to learn how to create your own 3D collection? Here is one link to learn more about the craft.

Ontdek meer op de website van het Nederlands Mijnmuseum.

Hebt U vragen over het museum, deze website, over het project van de Universiteit van Maastricht of een andere vraag, stuur dan even een bericht.