Counting the cost: cataloguing the archives of the Lancashire & Cheshire Miners' Permanent Relief Society


  • Wigan Council

Project summary

The Lancashire & Cheshire Miners’ Permanent Relief Society (LCMPRS) collection records its activities and history, and its role in providing financial relief for injured or ill miners and their families. The collection, which spans more than 100 years, consists of about 22 linear metres of paper records, including industrial disease valuation cards, medical records and depositions, claim files for miners and their families, and actuarial reports. The collection helps us understand how mining communities sought to provide for those with occupational injuries or diseases before government-led health and social support. Cataloguing these records will enable comparative analysis of similar records, most notably in the North East of England and in Wales.