Legacy of the Shadow Children

How the tragic deaths of 26 children in a Yorkshire mine in 1838 had far-reaching consequences.

In 1838, British coal was powering the industrial revolution and providing extraordinary luxury for the middle and upper classes. But few considered the thousands mining the coal until 26 children died in a tragedy at Huskar Pit in Silkstone, near Barnsley. This documentary sheds light on the life of the miners and explores how the disaster changed Britain for the better.

  • Susanna Booth
  • Susanna Booth
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - UCL/OpenCityDocs
  • LB Film Fest
    Leighton Buzzard
    United Kingdom
    September 28, 2023
    UK premiere
    Official Selection
  • Stratford on Avon Film Festival
    Stratford on Avon
    United Kingdom
    November 4, 2023
Director Biography - Susanna Booth

Susanna is a short film producer and former journalist who has written widely about British culture, which sparked her interest in social history.

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