"Ah'd Gaa Back Tomorra!" Memories of West Cumbrian Screen Lasses

"Ah'd Gaa Back Tomorra!" Memories of West Cumbrian Screen Lasses

Compiled by Maureen Fisher and Sue Donnelly

Published by Whitehaven Miners Memorial and Living History Project in 2004, 48 pages. Slim paperback - c14.5cm by 20cm (A51N4)

From the introduction: The stories collected in this publication record the lives of women who were employed in the West Cumbrian Coalfield in the 20th century.  These screen lasses were continuing in the tradition of their predecessors, who had actually laboured down the mines until the first Coal Mines Act of 1842 prohibited women and children from working underground. In the 1880s some miners' trade unions tried to prevent women from working even on the pit top. Screen Lasses from the north of England, including a deputation from Whitehaven, travelled to London in 1887 to challenge this ruling - and succeeded. The screen lasses featured in this account portray a perfect example of hard working women, worthy descendants of those who fought for the riqht of women to continue their employment in the coalfields.

The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.