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New research on 1862 Hartley Pit Disaster photographs

On 16th January 1862, 204 men and boys died following the Hartley Colliery Disaster in Northumberland. New research published today to mark its 161st anniversary - at - investigates when the 'after the accident' photographs in the Royal Collection were taken. 

Image: Royal Collection Trust.  W & D DOWNEY (ACTIVE 1855-1941). Hartley Colliery after the accident 30 - 30 Jan 1862. Albumen print | 15 x 20.4 cm (image) | RCIN 2935022

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