Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 05 October 1969
DURATION | 44 minutes 31 seconds
'A Year in the Life' was an ambitious, in-depth documentary series. In this edition, we visit Craghead, a small village in County Durham. With the local colliery threatened by closure, the miners face uncertain futures. Some welcome the opportunity for retirement, but for others the prospect of relocation or redundancy looms large. The programme also includes scenes from the 85th Durham Miners' Gala, attended by Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Barbara Castle, then Secretary of State for Employment.
Back in 1938, Craghead had been the subject of a BBC radio programme called 'Coal', which is also available in this collection along with photographs taken at the time of this recording. In 1990, the BBC caught up with Susan and Bryan Ord, whose father and grandfather had featured in the original film. The resulting documentary, 'A Year in the Life: Twenty Years On: Craghead' can also be found in this collection.
Two recordings of a Welsh male-voice choir.
'Behind the seams' at a Durham coal mine.
How do the experiences of two miners from separate generations differ?
The story of the closing of Brereton Colliery.
Remembering Tonypandy's role in the 1921 National Coal Strike.
Two mining families make the decision to move from Northumberland to Nottingham.
Memories of childhood in a 1930s Glasgow mining family.
The story of the men who spent World War II down the mines.
A turbulent time for a mining village in the North East of England.
Exploring the culture and social history of the Durham coal fields.
Memories of a Bevin Boy from Bridlington.
Where there's muck, there's brass... and pigeons and lurchers and bingo too.
The diminishing role of animals in Britain's coal mines.
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.
Is the ongoing miners' strike turning moderates into militants?
The miners' strike continues with both sides predicting victory.
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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