Ffotograffydd ar ei liwt ei hun oedd John Cornwell. Yn y saithdegau a'r wythdegau cynnar, tynnodd nifer o ffotograffau o byllau glo, yn Ne Cymru a Chanolbarth Lloegr yn bennaf, a hynny ar yr wyneb a danddaear.

Perffeithiodd dechneg o dynnu ffotograffau danddaear oedd yn defnyddio goleuadau cyffredin pwll glo, gan alluogi iddo dynnu lluniau hynod eglur o dalcenni glo, twnneli, siafftiau ac offer. Yn ogystal â thynnu ffotograffau mewn pyllau gweithredol, byddai hefyd yn cofnodi gweithfeydd segur, ar yr wyneb a danddaear.

Roedd John Cornwell hefyd yn uchel ei barch ym maes archaeoleg ddiwydiannol. Cyhoeddodd nifer o lyfrau ar byllau glo Cymru a Lloegr.

Mae hawlfraint ei ddelweddau o dde Cymru bellach ym meddiant Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru.

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David Lee
13 Rhagfyr 2020, 12:10
I worked in the mining industry in North Derbyshire all my working life, and find the photos and comments very interesting. A question for Nia Evans. Were the memories of Faith Anderson's Grand Father ever made public ? I would be extremely interested to read them if possible.
Alcwyn Elliott
30 Hydref 2020, 16:22
Great photographs, I have worked at many of these mines in South wales working on installing training and repairing the AB shearers that cut the coal on the Longwall. Some of these mines were Big Pit, Marine Lady Windsor Bargoed Britannia Bedwas Six Bells, Nantgarw, Merthyr Vale Tafff Merthyr, the list goes on.
I started at Bargoed Pit and moved on from there to Anderson Mavor (Anderson Boyes eventually Anderson Strathclyde)
Ystrad Mynach College gave me the education I needed for my career.
Now retired with 45 years in coal mines.
Robert Keith Redfern
30 Gorffennaf 2020, 05:54
I worked at Church Gresley in the 60s. I loved these photos, they brought back great memories of a great era of my life. The best blokes in the world to work with. I wonder if any of the blokes from Kilburn 7s face remember ,it was our last face before they closed the Pit. It was sacrilidge, so much beautiful coal left in the ground. I also played Euphonium in the pit band. Thanks for the memories, love your work. Bob.
Robin Thomas
6 Mehefin 2020, 08:44
My great grandfather worked in the Stannard colliery Ynyshir from around 1870 by 1890 was inventing safety features for the miners lamp. ( Thomas Thomas) My grandfather started in the mine when he was 12 in 1890, studied at night school went to Cardiff University in 1901 became a lecturer in mining, eventually principal of Nuneaton school of mining, 25 years, retired 1945. Wrote a number of books on mining engineering . David Edmund Thomas 1877 to 1949
Nia Evans Staff Amgueddfa Cymru
28 Chwefror 2020, 12:09

Dear Faith Anderson,

Thank you for your enquiry, I have passed your message on to my colleague who is one of our industry curators, he will be in touch with you via the email address you've provided to discuss this further.

Many thanks,

Nia
(Digital team)

Faith Anderson
27 Chwefror 2020, 18:44
My Grandfather wrote a fascinating few pages of his first day down the pit at 10 years and 8 months in 1881, at what could have been Farchol Drift Foch Draw. It was probably around Pontrhydyfen, where he lived and had to walk with the railway line to get there. Does anyone know about this pit? He couldn't speak Welsh, so I expect his writing of the name could be just as he heard it.
Michael Mantle worked down pit as a fitter
9 Chwefror 2020, 23:30
I hope you will be able to let me join this group I worked in Markham colliery for seven years am now I'm seventy six years young now
Jan Davies
17 Medi 2019, 22:13
Lovely photos the younger generation can see how hard the Miners worked for years

David b Evan's
24 Gorffennaf 2019, 20:14
ITS THE FIRST TIME IV SEEN THESE PIT PHOTOS I USED TO WORK AT THE WASHERY PLANT FILLING COAL WAGONS FOR THE POWER STATIONS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MY LATE FATHER DAI MS DAVID ERNEST EVANS DIED RECENTLY OF A FINAL STROKE MINERS HAVE A GREAT EETHIC TO LIFE WORK HARD PLAY GREAT VIEWING
Peter Hannan
31 Mawrth 2019, 08:44
Lovely images. My maternal grandfather was a miner at the Ynyshir mine. A hard and dangerous life, but one of genuine nobility and dignity. George Orwell said, "My country, right or wrong." For me it's also, "Miners, right or wrong."

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