Quite by accident I came across The Coalmining History Resource Centre web
site (cmhrc.co.uk) and they have a fascinating amount of information
available including copies the 1842 Royal Commission Reports on children in
mines. These are searchable, and include the names of people interviewed
for the report.
The reports provide a unique insight into the social and working conditions
of those involved in mining in the mid-19th century in the words that were
spoken at the time. In some of the Reports there are contemporary
illustrations that graphically illustrate the conditions of work in the
I would recommend it as well worth a visit and read.