Who was Bill Shaw?

Bill Shaw 1971

The Bill Shaw mineral collection is currently being digitised at Kendal museum image preservation studio. Bill Shaw was a great mining entrepreneur descended from five generations of miners. He worked in numerous mines in the Lake District, including Hartsop Hall, Greenside, Force Crag, Coniston, Potts Gill and Sandbeds to name a few.

Greenside miners having their 'bait'

He grew up in Coniston starting his first job as a young boy, in his father’s quarry. In 1925 he studied at the Glasgow Mining office for four years, he then returned to the Lakes working in Greenside mine as an apprentice, eventually leaving as a qualified mining engineer. He then went on to work at Halkyn mine in North Wales and Levant mine in Cornwall. Eventually returning to the lakes in 1958 he managed Sandbeds and Potts Gill Baryte mines on the Caldbeck Fells. He retired to Keswick and died in 1978. During his long career in mining he collected many fine and rare mineral specimens.

P6076 Fluorite Galena No 1P6131 Sulphur No 15P6084 Campylite No 186

The collection at Kendal museum includes important copper minerals from Coniston copper mine. Rare minerals from Fleetwith mine including Brilliant blue Azurite and Hornblende. The Bill Shaw mineral collection has been digitised, the images are now being processed ready to display on Kendal museum digital website which will launch in November this year.

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