South Wales Coalfield Collection

Glyncastle Project

Ref.No. Description Dates
VID/13 Interview of Thomas, Eddie.
Interview of Eddie Thomas, secretary of Resolven Miners' Welfare and a former miner at Glyncastle and Rheola Pits. He talks about travelling to the colliery, nationalisation, working the coal seams, the colliery managers and the colliery owners, Ffaldydre Colliery, mechanisation, the losses made by the colliery in the 1960's and National Coal Board investment, the closure of the colliery, transport problems and management errors, trade union membership at the colliery, the coal tips, the blocking up of the shafts after an explosion, where the workforce was transfered to when the colliery closed, Resolven Miners Welfare Institute and working conditions at the colliery.
Covers period : 1935-1965 (c).
Running time : 28mins 53secs.
23.6.1982
VID/14 Discussion, Glyncastle, at Resolven Miners Welfare Institute.
Interview of Eddie Thomas, Mr Davis, Percy Sallinger, William Jones, Mr Reynolds and Mr Cousins, members of the Resolven Miners Welfare Institute and former miners at Glyncastle and Rheola Pits. They talk about mechanisation and the problems it caused, working the coal seams, the effect of nationalisation, the possibility of mining the remaining coal, the productivity of the pit, working conditions, labour relations and the lack of consultation between the workforce and management, the change from steam to electricity, the shortage of manpower at the pit, the Cory brothers, the use of inappropriate mining techniques, wages, what happened to the community since Glyncastle closed and the effect a new drift mine could have and the problems of trying to keep the Welfare Institute open.
Covers period : 1898-1982 (c).
Running time : 51mins 53secs.
23.6.1982
VID/15 Discussion, Glyncastle, at Resolven Miners Welfare Institute (Edited).
This is an edited version of the interviews on SWCC : VID/13 - VID/14.
Covers period : 1898-1982 (c).
Running time : 23 mins 3 secs.
23.6.1982

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