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Queens of the Coal Age

With a heritage in mining lamps that spans more than 100 years, we‘ve been privileged to work with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, supporting their new production, “Queens of the Coal Age”

A true story, telling the events in 1993 when a group of four women took a stand in the face of overwhelming odds and the political will of the Conservative government of the day, protesting at the forced closure of the Parkside Colliery. Sneaking into the pit, they refused to come back up to the surface, and created a media sensation highlighting the plight of the mining community, not just at the Parkside colliery, but across the whole of the UK.

Rolling back the clock, Denchi has manufactured and supplied the Royal Exchange Theatre with Oldham G-type caplamps (with halogen bulbs) and chargers to help recreate the caplamps of the day, assisted in part with batteries and other lamps from the National Coal Mining Museum at Caphouse Colliery.

Queens of the Coal Age is on stage until the 28th July, and who knows, may possibly set off with a UK tour later in the year. Celebrate the rich heritage of the mining community by taking in the show, or visiting the Caphouse Colliery, and see Oldham mining caplamps in action!

Royal Exchange Theatre, Queens of the Coal Age:

National Coal Mining Museum (Caphouse Colliery):


(photo credit: courtesy of the Royal Exchange Theatre)