Lamp Room

The Lamp Room

The Lamp Room is a crucial part of every colliery and is where the miners lamps are stored and maintained since the days of the Davy Lamp. All miners pass through here on their way to the shaft to collect their mining cap lamps and their flame safety lamps, and when the shift is over they return through the Lamp Room to drop off their safety equipment before going to the baths.

The Protector Lamp & Lighting Company is best known as a producer of miners’ safety lamps.The safety lamp is essentially a highly sophisticated form of oil or spirit lamp of extremely robust construction. The Company was formed in May 1873 to acquire the business and patent rights of William Edward Teale, oil and lamp manufacturer, of 11 Mark Lane, Manchester. The Company’s Memorandum of Association mentions two patents which had been obtained by Mr Teale: one dated 15th November 1869 for ‘Improvements in Mining Lamps’ and the other dated 4th December 1872 for ‘Improvements in Guards for Gas Lights, and in an improved method of Lighting while under the protection of Guards’. 


videos on servicing your lamp

fuel and flame

Wick replacement



Miner’s Lamp Spare Parts

How to light a Protector SL Workmans Lamp

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Miners Lamp Information



Instruction on the uses of the Davy lamp to all colliers

Extract from the Royal Commission on Children in the mines, 1842. Oldham District.


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Miners Lamp Fuel

Most round wick lamps use Colzalene/ Relighter Spirit.All spark ignition lamps use this type of fuel as does our SL Lamp.You can use Ronson or Zippo lighter fuel if you cannot get hold of Relighter Spirit.It is generally flat wick lamps such as our 1A Lamp which burn paraffin/kerosene or lamp oil. These are usually lamps which can be lit with a naked flame.
The Olympic Torch Relay lamps burn paraffin or kerosene.