Plans Of Abandoned Mines (Coal & Oil Shale) For Scotland Held On Microfilm.

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Responsible Party: British Geological Survey (distributor)


The collection includes colour microfilm aperture card copies of 7,170 plans of mine workings for coal and oil shale dating from 1872 onwards deposited on abandonment of a mine in compliance with the Coal Mines Regulation Act. An additional c.5,000 coal 'working' plans, mostly pre-dating 1872, formerly belonging to British Coal, have been added to the abandonment plan collection. The latter are held as black & white microfilm aperture cards. The collection includes plans of workings for other minerals, notably ironstone, where worked with coal. The microfilms are held on behalf of the Coal Authority who hold the original plans on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Original plans are held by the Coal Authority, Mansfield. No complete digital index held by BGS. An up to date finding aid is provided by the Coal Authority's paper 'Catalogue of Plans of Abandoned Mines'. The collection is believed to be fairly complete for mines abandoned since the 1872 Act. Plans were added from the British Coal plan collections to fill gaps in holdings, particularly for mines abandoned prior to 1872. Relates to coalfield areas of Central Scotland.

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Dataset Extent

Latitude: 60.8400° to 54.6000°
Longitude: -8.6500° to -0.5300°

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Additional Information

Added to 03/06/2011
Temporal coverage 1872
Harvest URL
Harvest date 05/07/2012 11:50
Metadata date 4/7/2012
Harvest GUID 9df8df52-d7bd-37a8-e044-0003ba9b0d98
Extent Latitude: 60.8400° to 54.6000°
Longitude: -8.6500° to -0.5300°
Spatial reference system urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG::27700
Dataset reference date 1872 (publication)
Frequency of update irregular
Responsible party British Geological Survey (distributor)
Access constraints Access subject to NGRC conditions and regulations relating to consultation of archival material. Fees for access contained in BGS charging policy. Post 1974 plans cannot be copied without the written consent of the mine owner.
ISO19139 resource type dataset
Metadata language English
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