South Wales Coalfield Collection

1984-85 Miners' Strike Study

Ref No. Description Dates
AUD/52 Discussion Group of 1984-85 Strike.
Recorded memoirs of a discussion group, concerning the 1984-85 miners' strike. The discussion largely concerns women's roles during the strike in the preparation of food parcels, and their general support and activities; also included are some experiences of pickets and opinions on the after-math of the strike.
Covers period : 1984-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 50mins 23secs.
1985-1986
AUD/465 Interview of Dutfield, Des.
Recorded memoirs of Des Dutfield concerning his political experiences and lodge activities during his life. Includes his election onto the Executive Council; his involvement in various campaigns and strikes; leadership relations; action against closures, especially of Lewis Merthyr Colliery; and his opinions on the future of the National Union of Mineworkers.
Covers period : 1960-1986 (c).
Running time : 46mins 10secs.
6.3.1986
AUD/466 Interview of Evans, Peter.
Recorded memoirs of Peter Evans concerning the 1984-85 strike. Includes his role as a lodge official; actions of the Yorkshire miners in the 1984-85 strike; stance of Deep Duffryn colliery; effect of closures on the community, especially Merthyr Vale Colliery; election of Arthur Scargill as NUM President; the strikes and ballots of the 1980's, including the 1984-85 strike action and pickets.
Covers period : 1960-1986 (c).
Running time : 2hr 24mins 40secs.
6.3.1986
AUD/468 Interview of Morgans, John (Rev).
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Rev John Morgans concerning the role of the Church in the valleys of the South Wales coalfield. Includes his own personal experiences; religious aid during the 1984-85 strike; ecumenical co-operation and support of Churches in Wales.
Covers period : 1980- 1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 5mins 10secs.
26.3.1986
AUD/469 Miners' Strike Songs.
A selection of miners songs' from the 1984-85 strike. Also includes miners' opinions and humorous recollections, poetry, and the support gained from the black communities, women, and the mining communities.
Covers period : 1984-1985.
Running time : 1hr 30mins.
1984-1985
AUD/495 NUM Discussion Class.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Discussion concerning the internal organisation of the National Union of Mineworkers, and the leadership of the union.
Covers period : 1984-1985.
Running time : 1hr 16mins 13secs.
13.12.1985
AUD/496 NUM Discussion Class.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Discussion concerning the response within pits to strike action in South Wales during 1984, the national ballot, and events of the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1984-1985.
Running time : 1hr 22mins 14secs.
14.11.1985
AUD/497 NUM Discussion Class.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Discussion concerning the role of women during the 1984-85 miners' strike.
Covers period : 1972-1985 (c).
Running time : 1hr 7mins 35secs.
14.11.1985 (?)
AUD/498 NUM Discussion Class.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Discussion concerning the differences between the 1984-85 strike and the 1972 and 1974 strikes.
Covers period : 1972- 1985 (c).
Running time : 32mins.
1985 (c)
AUD/500 NUM Discussion Group - Onllwyn.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Lecture by Dane Hartwell and a discussion concerning the opposition to the closure of Blaengwrach Colliery, and an account of the 1984-85 strike. Presented to the Onllwyn Discussion Class.
Covers period : 1950-1986 (c).
Running time : 2hrs 9mins 8secs.
17.2.1986
AUD/501 Interview of Baker, Allan.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Allan Baker concerning the events of the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1980-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 38mins 45secs.
20.2.1986
AUD/503 Interview of James, Sian.
Interview of Donovan, Margaret.

NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Sian James and Margaret Donovan. Includes a discussion of the events of the 1984-85 strike; picketing by women; women's support groups; and the occupation of Cynheidre Colliery.
Covers period : 1970-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 23mins 19secs.
5.11.1986
AUD/505 Interview of Jones, Donna.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Donna Jones, Blaengwynfi. Includes a discussion of the events of the 1984-85 strike; the organisation of women during the strike; strike fund raising; and food provision for strikers.
Covers period : 1980-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 5mins 26secs.
5.3.1986
AUD/506 Discussion Class - Blaengwynfi Group.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recording of Blaengwynfi Group discussing events of the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1970-1985 (c).
Running time : 53mins 4secs.
26.11.1985
AUD/507 Interview of Powell, Christine.
Interview of Headon, Hefina.

NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Christine Powell and Hefina Headon. The discussion concerns the 1984-85 strike and the role of the support groups.
Covers period : 1980-1985 (c).
Running time : 53mins 6secs.
24.11.1985
AUD/508 NUM Discussion Class.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Discussion of the principal role of a trade union, in relation to the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1970-1986 (c).
Running time : 49mins 51secs.
1985-1986 (c)
AUD/509 Interview of Powell, Christine.
Recorded memoirs of Christine Powell. Includes the role of women during the 1984-85 strike; her personal involvement with the Labour Party and the community; her own account and involvement in the strike; the organisation of support groups during the strikes; strike fund raising; and the provisions purchased for food parcels.
Covers period : 1980-1985 (c).
Running time : 1hr 32mins 54secs.
24.11.1985
AUD/510 Interview of Headon, Hefina.
Recorded memoirs of Hefina Headon concerning the 1984-85 strike. Includes the organisation of support groups; food parcel distribution; strike fund raising; attitudes to women pickets, and attitudes to black-legs; and a general account of the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1980-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 4mins 12secs.
19.11.1985
AUD/513 Interview of Ciano, Tony.
Recorded memoirs of Tony Ciano. Includes his family background; an account of the 1984-85 strike; the distribution of food parcels; community response to the strike action; and relations with different places in the county who gave support to the miners during the strike.
Covers period : 1950-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 35mins 33secs.
27.2.1986
AUD/514 Interview of Harper, Lyn.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Lyn Harper, Onllwyn, concerning the 1984-85 strike. Includes opinions of media coverage during the strike, and violence during the strike.
Covers period : 1980-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 40mins 6secs.
21.1.1986
AUD/515 Interview of Thomas, Ali.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Ali Thomas concerning the 1984-85 strike. Includes a discussion of the fund raising through visiting different areas to gain more wide-spread support.
Covers period : 1980-1986 (c).
Running time : 3hrs 9mins 39secs.
1986 (c)
AUD/541 Interview of Willis, Norman.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Norman Willis, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress. Includes the relation between the TUC, National Union of Mineworkers, and other trade unions during the 1984-85 strike, and the comparison with the 1926 General Strike.
Covers period : 1980- 1986.
Running time : 1hr 25mins 25secs.
15.4.1986
AUD/546 Interview of Pinnigher, Malcolm (alias Benny).
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Malcolm Pinnigher (alias Benny), a member of the renowned 'Dirty Thirty' of the 1984-85 strike. Includes his political background; the implications of the strike in the Leicestershire coalfield; activities of the pickets, and attitudes towards black-legs; and his feelings towards the end of the strike.
Covers period : 1960-1985 (c).
Running time : 1hr 53mins 40secs.
30.12.1985
AUD/547 Interview of Donovan, David.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of David Donovan, mainly concerning the 1984-85 strike. Includes his activities as a washery committee member; activities of pickets; establishment, role, and importance of miners' support groups; the survival of the miners and their families during the strike; and support from the gay and the black communities.
Covers period : 1984 = 1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 24mins 5secs.
10.4.1986
AUD/551 Interview of Weekes, Phillip.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Phillip Weekes, concerning the South Wales coalfield following nationalisation, especially regarding the 1984-85 strikes. Includes reflections from the decades following the implementation of nationalisation; political conflicts and conspiracies during the 1980's; and activities during the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1945-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 23mins.
2.4.1986
AUD/552 Interview of Harrison, Terry.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Terry Harrison concerning his activities and role during the 1984-85 strike within the Kent coalfield. Includes reasons for the strike and the strategies in use; the problems within the coal industry, especially regarding pit closures and contractors; and support and events during the 1981 South Wales strike.
Covers period : 1980-1986 (c).
Running time : 2hrs 50mins.
5.7.1986
AUD/555 Interview of McGahey, Malcolm.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Malcolm McGahey, mainly concerning his role in the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1984- 1986.
Running time : 41mins 10secs.
8.4.1986
AUD/565 Interview of Thomas, Terry.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED Recorded memoirs of Terry Thomas includes account of his activities in 1984-85 strike, and the energy policy of England and Wales.
Covers period : 1979-1985 (c).
Running time : 1hr 34mins 30secs.
20.12.1985
AUD/571 Interview of Lawrence, Ray.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Ray Lawrence concerning events leading up to the 1984-85 strike, and his role and activities during the strike.
Covers period : 1970-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 21mins.
20.5.1986
AUD/573 Interview of Rees, George.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of George Rees concerning his role and activities during the 1984-85 strike and his opinion of the success of the strike.
Covers period : 1984-1985.
Running time : .
6.1.1986
AUD/574 Interview of Williams, Emlyn.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Emlyn Williams, mainly concerning his role and activities during the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1980-1986 (c).
Running time : 1hr 23mins.
6.1.1986
AUD/609 Radio Recording.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Radio program interviews Hywel Francis and Kim Howells concerning sequestration of funds during the 1984-85 strike.
Covers period : 1984.
Running time : .
8.1984
AUD/610 Interview of James, Philip.
NOT FULLY CATALOGUED. Recorded memoirs of Philip James concerning the 1984-85 strike. Includes a discussion on picketing in different areas; an account of his involvement in the strike; police attitudes towards strikers; his attitude towards the police; the use of police horses and dogs for crowd control; and an account of his arrest.
Covers period : 1980- 1985.
Running time : 1hr 16mins 44secs.
9.12.1985

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