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Eilís Phillips is a PhD student and part-time lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth. Her research currently focuses on nineteenth-century monster folklore within the context of popular protest in Britain. Eilís’ interests include all aspects of the monstrous and the magical, with specific focus on monster narratives concerning nature and the environment. Prior to her life at Portsmouth, Eilís worked as a professional bass player and singer-songwriter in Northern Ireland. Read more of Eilís’ work on at http://porttowns.port.ac.uk/dead-men-telling-tales and follow her on Twitter.

On 21st September, 1874, after hearing the cries of the ‘Seven Whistlers’, miners employed in North Warwickshire refused to descend