South Wales Coalfield Collection

Video Recordings

oGlyncastle Project.
The Glyncastle Project was based around the Glyncastle and Rheola Pits, the working conditions there, the reasons for its closure and the resulting social and economic effects to the area. It consists of interviews with and discussions between men who worked at the colliery.

o1981 Strike.
This consists of a conference by the NUM (South Wales Area) and interviews with union officials and some of those attending a NUM National Executive Committee meeting.

o1983 Strike.
This consists of interviews with union officials from the NUM (South Wales Area) about a ballot for national strike action and striking miners from South Wales.

oPhurnacite Project.
The Phurnacite Project was a study of the Phurnacite plant at Abercwmboi in the Cynon Valley and its economic and environmental impact. It is made up of a number of interviews of union officials at the plant, workers at the plant and those working at collieries that supplied the plant. A documentary was compiled from the interviews and some additional footage. Some funding was received from the Welsh Arts Council.

oMiners' Support Groups.
Miners' Support Groups came into being during the miners' strike of 1984-85. In the interviews members of the support groups, mostly women, talk about what they do to help the miners and their views on the strike. There is also a day class and a picnic arranged by support groups.

o"Waste of Our Time".
Project which received funding from the Welsh Arts Council concerned with the effect that mining had had on the landscape of the Dulais Valley and how in turn this affected the inhabitants. The result was a documentary containing several interviews and extensive footage of the Dulais Valley.

oMaesmarchog Local History Class.
Interviews with and discussions between members of the Maesmarchog Local History Class and two documentaries compiled from two of the interviews and additional footage. Those interviewed range from ex-miners to school teachers and from people who have been born in the area to those who have moved there relatively recently. They talk about their personal experiences and also the effects mining, deep and open cast, has had on the Dulais Valley area.

oThe Miners in the Modern World.
Conference arranged by Llafur, the society for the study of Welsh labour history, the National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area) and the Oral History Society. It consisted of a series of lectures on various subjects ranging from nationalisation and the 1972 miners' strike to the miners in the United States and writing about miners. There are also reports from various workshops which took place during the conference.

oClass and Community : The Welsh Experience.
Conference arranged by Llafur, the society for the study of Welsh labour history, and the Welsh Trades Union Congress. It consisted of a series of lectures on various subjects ranging from the Hunger March of 1932 to the Welsh in Patagonia. There are also reports from various workshops which took place during the conference.

o"The Politics of Coal".
Conference arranged by the National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area) and the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Wales Swansea. It consisted of lectures on coal in Britain, coal in Europe and the lessons learned from the miners' experiences in the 1960's and 1970's.

oNUM Residential Course.
Series of residential courses held by the National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area) and the Department of Extra-Mural Studies at the University of Wales Swansea. The course appears to be mainly focused on improving the skills required for public speaking and consists of a series of speeches by numerous different people and a discussion group.

oSouth Wales Miners' Gala.
Gala arranged by the NUM (South Wales Area) and involved marches, speeches and entertainment.

oAfan Lido Rally.
Rally arranged by the National Union of Mineworkers in the run up to a ballot over strike action. It took place at the Afan Lido Sports Centre, Port Talbot and consists of a number of speeches, including one by Arthur Scargill and interviews with some of those who attended the rally.

oDan Lewis Remembers.
Project devoted to the memories of Dan Lewis and covers his early life, education, his job as a school teacher and other experiences. It consists of interviews in English and Welsh and a documentary compiled from interviews and additional footage.

oWelsh Tapes.
Project carried out by a group of Americans. It was about the mining industry in Wales and Welsh culture in general. It consists of interviews and discussions with a range of people, ex-miners, trainee miners, farmers, union officials and teachers.

oWales Congress.
Recording of the Wales Congress at Maesteg Containing a number of speeches, discussions and resolutions about the miners' strike, imprisoned miners and the mining industry in general. Those speaking include Kim Howells and Ann Clwyd.

oTrades Union Congress.
Recordings of part of the TUC debate on the miners' strike (1984) and parts of the TUC conferences of 1986 and 1987. One of the speakers is Arthur Scargill.

oMiners' Eisteddfod.
The Miners' Eisteddfod is a celebration of Welsh culture and includes singing, music and dancing. This collection consists of recordings of parts of the Miners' Eisteddfod for 1981-83, 1986 and 1989-92.

oSwansea's Labour History.
Conference arranged by Llafur, the society for the study of Welsh labour history and held at the South Wales Miners' Library, Swansea. It consists of lectures on public health in 19th century Swansea, socialism in Swansea and the Belgian community in Swansea.

oNew Times in the Valleys.
Conference was arranged by the Dulais Opportunity for Voluntary Enterprise which came into being as a result of the 1984-85 miners' strike. The conference looks at the future of the valleys and consists of lectures on how the Single European Market will affect the valleys, women's education and religion.

oSpanish Civil War.
Many Welsh people were involved in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) in one way or another. This material includes an interview with a member of the International Brigade, a volunteer who helped run a Basque children's home and a member of the Spanish community in Wales. There are also documentaries about the war and video footage of photographs and posters relating to the war.

oMiscellaneous Interviews.
Interviews that do not fit into any project or category. They are with a wide range of people from an NUM official to a dressmaker and a schoolteacher to a Welsh miner who went to Australia..

oMiscellaneous Recordings.
Recordings that do not fit into any project or category. They include a speech by Will Paynter and a Christmas party arranged by the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades '82.


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