Yorkshireman’s photos display mining life

PIC: Ian Beesley

PIC: Ian Beesley

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The dark, damp and draining shifts of Yorkshire miners have become all but extinct over the past 30 years.

But thanks to a rare insight into life underground at one of the region’s last working pits, the unseen graft of the coal miner has been unearthed.

Over 20 years Bradford-born photographer Ian Beesley compiled a photographic body of work called ‘The Drift’ through photography both in and around the 700ft-deep Hayroyds Colliery near Skelmanthorpe.

 

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