Miner’s daughter enjoys Tally Wall

Ben Hill at Woodhorn.
Ben Hill at Woodhorn.

A miner’s daughter has celebrated what would have been her dad’s 100th birthday at a county museum.

Karen Bartlett visited the Tally Wall at Woodhorn Museum – a wall of miner’s tallies, which were an essential article for every pitman.

Each man had two, one to give to the Banksman to hang on the board when he went underground, and one to keep with them.

Woodhorn Museum has now recreated the board with its own Tally Wall and is offering people the opportunity to have their tally placed on the wall as a memorial to a loved one, a record of a special date or occasion, or simply as a charitable gift to help preserve Northumberland’s history for future generations.

Karen said: “My father was a miner all his working life from the age of 14, employed at Seghill then Eccles Collieries until pit closures brought redundancy.

“It’s a charming and fitting way of remembering someone involved in the mining industry. On Miners’ Picnic Day I was proud and touched to see my dad’s name up on the Tally Wall, just as his own tally would have been years ago.”

Sam Hobrough, from Woodhorn, said: “Gifting a Tally is particularly poignant for anyone with a strong personal connection to the coal mining industry, to Woodhorn or Northumberland, and as it can be personalised with a name, special message and dates and will be in place for years, you can come back many times to view it and remember.”

Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for details.