Rock samples collected from former working mine

Chemistry A-level and level three applied science BTec students from South Cheshire College went underground in a former working mine to collect rock samples.

A group of 24 students visited the site at Ecton Hill, in Staffordshire, which was mined for copper and lead for more than 3,500 years up to its closure in 1891.

The learners were taken tens of metres underground to see the conditions miners would have worked in.

They also collected rock samples and used chemical tests to identify different minerals present.

Chemistry lecturer Neil Hewitt said: “The group very much enjoyed collecting samples in this beautiful location and hearing about the geology and history of the area. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to take their chemistry skills out of the college laboratory and use them in the field.”

Cap: South Cheshire College students wearing mining hats.