Albion - The disaster

Just Druid’s associate writer and short films prize winner- Jonathon Lloyd- James has been working on a new approach to a true mining disaster. With help and advice from the mining community of South Wales and with new technology now available, Jon is looking at presenting the disaster in a new light.’

Albion Mine

Albion Mine

In 1894, the villages of the South Wales Valleys were at the epicentre of the boom in British Mining - The valleys were rich in steam coal, much sought after by the British Navy to protect the trading routes of the British Empire.

The pits were at the cutting edge of modern technology with vast fortunes there to be made by the owners- although working conditions for the workforce were harsh, wages were much higher than working on the land or a farm

the Cardiff coal Exchange, where the World’s price of coal was set

the Cardiff coal Exchange, where the World’s price of coal was set

Jon will develop a new take on the horrific mining disaster that befell one pit killing 290 men and boys and 123 horses - and how Mother Earth created its own natural trap to claim its own price for giving up its plentiful bounty of coal.

Famous mining disaster Sculture by Constantin Meunier

Famous mining disaster Sculture by Constantin Meunier