|These pit-brow girls were photographed at Wigan Junction Colliery.
They would push wagons from the mineshaft to a stock heap, stack the
coal and rake out any stones. The dress of the pit-brow girls and
women gave them a distinctive look. They wore a pair of trousers covered
with a skirt, a headscarf to protect their hair from coal dust, and
a flannel jacket. Most of them were the daughters or widows of colliers.
Catalogue reference: COPY 1/412 Part 2 (June 1893)