South Wales Coalfield Collection

Miners Support Groups

Ref.No. Description Dates
VID/44 Interview of Merthyr Vale Women's Support Group.
Interview of members of Merthyr Vale Women's Support Group - how and why the group was formed, the strike of 1984-85, the police, the future of Aberfan, education and health, support groups in other areas, making a banner for the group and how the community is based round coal mining.
Covers period : 1984-1986 (c).
Running time : 26mins 21secs.
1986
VID/45 Interview of Merthyr Vale Women's Support Group.
Interview of three members of Merthyr Vale Women's Support Group - what it was like at Merthyr Vale Colliery when the picketing took place during the miners' strike, the actions of the police, how they felt about what was happening, why they kept going to the picket lines even though they were afraid, how they felt when the men went back to work, what they learnt from being in the support group, how the strike made them more politically aware and why the women's support group has remained in existence and what it is now involved in.
Covers period : 1984-1986 (c).
Running time : 39mins 46secs.
1986
VID/46 Merthyr Vale Women's Support Group Picnic.
Video footage of Aberfan and a childrens' picnic organised by the Merthyr Vale Women's Support Group.
Running time : 18 mins 55 secs.
1986
VID/48 Interview of miners' wives support group - Dulais Valley.
Interview of a group of women in a miners' wives support group in the Dulais Valley. They talk about attending a demonstration in Barnsley, the women there being much more organised than them, the setting up of food distribution centres, the role of women in the miners' strike, the need for support from outside the Dulais Valley, the lack of jobs in the valley, the difficulties faced by women during the strike, help from local businesses and old age pensioners, not wanting to be on the picket lines, their impression of Arthur Scargill and his wife, the role of the police and Margaret Thatcher in the strike, the coal still being transported out of the valley, what will happen if the strike is won or lost and the possible representation of women's views at miners' lodge meetings.
Covers period : 1984.
Running time : 44 mins 19 secs.
1984
VID/132 Women's Day School, Onllwyn.
A women's day school at Onllwyn organised by the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valley Support Group. There is a video about the dispute at the Hoover factory in Merthyr Tydfil which mainly concerned women workers. This is followed by a discussion about the role of women in the work place. There is a video and discussion about the part women have played in protests from the food riots of the 1790's to the peace protests of the 1980's. The authoress Menna Gallie gives a talk on her early life in Ystradgynlais and Crynant.
Covers period : 1790-1983 (c).
Running time : 180 mins (approx).
25.5.1985
VID/168 Interviews of members of miners' support group, Gorseinon.
Interview of members of a miners' support group, Gorseinon. They explain how the group is organised, what support they get from other areas and locally, how they decide who to give food parcels to, support from the Labour Party, what makes up a food parcel, the effect food parcels have on morale, their determination to continue and anti-miner feeling in the community.
Running time : 19mins 20secs.
1984 (c)
VID/170 Interviews of people in Gorseinon.
Interview of people in Gorseinon including members of the miners support group. They talk about the support group and their views on the miners strike.
Running time :30mins.
1984 (c)
VID/173 Interview of miners' wives support group.
Interview of a group of women in a miners' wives support group . They talk about their plans for the future, working for the peace movement, helping set up a support group in Derbyshire, the effect the strike has had on them, the support they have had, the effect the support group has had on morale, their determination to go on as long as the strike lasts, the activities of the support group including going on the picket lines and what will happen after the strike.
Running time : 19mins 29secs.
1984 (c)

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