Let there be light!

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In the Victorian era, before electricity arrived, miners had to use candles to create light while working underground as it was so dark they couldn't even see their hands in front of their faces!

So they used candles, not just any candles, by tallow candles. The candles made from animal fat had an irresistible strong meaty smell, attracting all of the rats and mice from far afield. Who would even eat the candle if it was left on the floor!

All hail the miner’s lamp! To find out more about the miners lamp and how lighting evolved down the mine be sure to visit our brand new Illumination Gallery opening soon…

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