Ellwood of Whitehaven phosphor

Made:
circa 1795 in United Kingdom
Ellwood of Whitehaven phosphor safety lamp.
Photographed 3/4 view on a white background. Ellwood of Whitehaven phosphor

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Ellwood of Whitehaven phosphor safety lamp. Photographed 3/4 view on a white background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Ellwood of Whitehaven phosphor
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Musuem

Miner's lamp, made by Ellwood of Whitehaven, approximately 1795.

Thought to utilise the phosphorescence of natural materials that release phosphor as they decompose (such as fish skin) as a source of weak illumination. This was an early experimental method of safe lighting when working in coal mines which contained flammable gases. This is the only known surviving example of its type.

Details

Category:
Coal Mining
Collection:
Lancashire Coal Mining Collection
Object Number:
Y2002.19.216.1
Measurements:
248 mm x 85 mm x 72 mm,
type:
miner's phosphor lamp
credit:
Gift of Salford Museum and Art Gallery