Initially this appears to be just an address book, but on careful reading we discover that almost everyone listed in it lives in the same town, in fact on the same road. Some of the listings have been crossed out and we find dates of death next to these names, along with the name of their doctor, next of kin, and sometimes the date, time and place of their funeral and the vicar who presided. All of the deaths occurred over a two or three year period in the late 1960’s.
The Log Book from Askern Colliery is a record of the night shift at a coal mine, documenting the number of men in and out, times, and work done, up to it’s last night before closure. It mostly takes the form of lists and numbers in differing handwriting, formal and functional, a working document, but as the final shift approaches a little more individuality and humanity creeps in, opinion and emotion is ever-so-slightly expressed, the functionality slipping as the job comes to an end.