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At its peak the coal industry in Durham employed over 165,000 people at around 240 collieries and produced more than 34 million tons of coal per year. It dominated the local economy and landscape. But coal is no longer king in Durham, and the pits have long since closed.A New Topography of the Durham Coalfield is inspired in part by the classic Victorian social and geographic surveys and seeks to chart this disappearing landscape. The work is also a personal journey through a family history inextricably intertwined with coal. The migration of entire families, the deaths of young men, trade union activism, and the realities of life in a mining community form the loci of this new topography of the Durham coalfield.

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