South Wales Coalfield Collection

Subject Based Projects
 
o1972 Miners' Strike Study.
The study was created as an off-shoot of the SSRC project during the course of the 1972 miners' strike. The team set out to record the events as they were taking place, and what exists is an unique account of the feelings of the miners themselves during the strike, and also the aftermath.
(14 Interviews)

o1974 Miners' Strike Study.
The study was created as an off-shoot of the SSRC project during the course of the 1974 miners strike, similarto the previous study during the 1972 strike. The team set out to record the events as they were taking place, and what exists is an unique account of the feelings of the miners themselves during the strike, and also the aftermath.
(11 Interviews)

o1984-85 Miners' Strike Study.
The study concentrates on the 1984-85 miners strike, giving unique first-hand accounts of events during and following the strike. The study mainly concentrates on the views of the mining industry - leaders and miners - regarding the outcome of the strike.
(33 Interview)

oWelsh Council for Civil and Political Liberties Study.
The study was sponsored by the Welsh Council for Civil and Political Liberties, due to its concern about the unject treatment of the miners during the 1984-85 miners' strike. The study records events and opinions of pickets, miners leaders, and defending solicitors during the actual strike.
(48 Interviews)

oAberfan Study - An Unknown Spring.
The study concentrates on the events and emotions following the disaster at the Pantglas Primary School, Aberfan in 1966, in which 144 people were killed, the majority being the school children of Pantglas. The study is part of a BBC documentary commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the disaster. Also included is a recording of the "Aberfan Thank You Show", which was a performance made by the surviving children.
(13 Interviews)

oSpanish Civil War Study.
An oral history of the Spanish Civil War was compiled in the late 1960's, comprising of interviews with war veterans who went from the South Wales mining communities to fight against fascism in Spain. The study also includes other recordings relevant to the Spanish Civil War, including recordings for radio documentaries.
(13 Interviews)

oArthur Horner Study.
A study concerning Arthur Horner, South Wales Miners' Federation President and later National Union of Mineworkers General Secretary. The study tackles the theory of "Hornerism", and also records the opinions of his daughter.
(4 Interviews)

o"The Big Hewer" - Charles Parker Study.
This study was compiled for the South Wales Miners' Library during 1975-76 by Charles Parker, who held a Welsh Tinplate Labour Trust Junior Fellowship.
The study focuses on recorded memoirs of the 1926 General Strike, and more specifically of a comparative study of the attitudes in South Wales during industrial action in 1926 and 1975-76. "The Big Hewer" was a radio ballad produced by Charles Parker, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger for the BBC.
(4 Interviews)

oGeorge Ewart Evans Coalfield Study.
George Ewart Evans was one of Britain's foremost oral historians, the majority of his work being focused on East Anglia. This collection of recordings by George Ewart Evans studies the South Wales coalfield, with emphasis on the areas surrounding Banwen and Onllwyn.
(6 Interviews)

oWomens Work Experiences in the Swansea Valley Study.
The study concentrates on the role of women in the Swansea Valley from the decades following the Boer War until the mid 1970's. The majority of the study was compiled by Philippa Dolan, a research student at the University of Wales Swansea, and covers topics such as the women's role and standing within the community, experiences as domestic servants and in the tin industry, recreation, and the changing attitudes within the community towards sexuality and promiscuity.
(39 Interviews)

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