Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 10 May 1983
DURATION | 29 minutes 21 seconds
This is the story of the Bevin Boys, young men who were conscripted to work down the mines thanks to a scheme created by the wartime Minister for Labour and National Service, Ernest Bevin. The conditions in which they were employed were dangerous - at times potentially deadly - yet many of them were branded as cowards for not going off to fight. They didn't get medals when they were demobbed and, for many years, their efforts during World War II were forgotten. Here, some of the surviving Bevin Boys remember their time mining for their country.
The Bevin Boys Association was formed in 1989 to recognise the contribution the miners made to their country during the war. In 1998, representatives from the association were allowed to take part in the Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph for the first time.
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A history of the South Wales mining industry.
A weekend in the lives of four Yorkshire miners.
Recollections of conscription in the coal industry during World War II.
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A 'Panorama' report broadcast in the final weeks of the miners' strike.
A personal perspective on life in a 1930s mining community.
Revisiting the story of miners from a documentary made in 1969.
Scenes from a Durham mining village that featured in a 1938 radio broadcast by Joan Littlewood.
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