The collector: Alan Davies, Atherton, Lancashire, UK. Currently writing books on coal mining history. Past professions: coal miner, art student, museum curator, archivist, colliery manager. The collection: Bricks The story behind the collection... The earliest influence must be that as a young boy I played with my sisters on the site of an old brickworks, building 'houses' from the stacked up bricks, exploring the clay processing machinery and kilns.