Special Collections

Library Search

Hair (Thomas) Illustrations

Subject strengths: Art, History, Local History, Engineering

This collection of illustrations by local artist Thomas Hair (c.1810-1875) depicts the mining industry and the coal trade in the North East in the nineteenth century. The illustrations are based on Hair's watercolours on the same topic. The illustrations in the collection highlight numerous aspects of the region's mining heritage, including collieries, machinery, and river trade scenes. Many of the illustrations also show the everyday workings of the industry and those involved in it.


Collection Name and Collection Reference Code:

Collection Name: Hair (Thomas) Illustrations

Archive Ref Code: THP

Date Range of Material


Type of Material


Size of Collection

0.5 Linear Metres

How To Order Items From This Collection

Please use the finding aid below to search through a list of the individual items we have within this collection.

If you find an item you would like to consult in the Special Collections reading room, simply make a note of the reference number and title of the item(s) you are interested in (for example THP/1/10 Gosforth Colliery).

You can then place your order by linking to our Request Form

Finding Aid 

This collection is currently uncatalogued. However, these Thomas Hair Illustrations have been fully digitised and images can be viewed online on CollectionsCaptured.

Scanning and Photocopy Service

If you are unable to visit our reading room, we also have a scanning and photocopying service.

More in this section