Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 19 September 1969
DURATION | 27 minutes 40 seconds
In 1943, Britain's mines were struggling to find enough men willing or available to work in the pits. The Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin, devised a controversial lottery that saw over 21,000 18-year-old males of conscription age siphoned away from the armed forces to become miners, known as Bevin Boys. In this documentary, broadcast on the 25th anniversary of the scheme, we hear from just a few of the 'boys', including comedian Eric Morecambe and playwright Brian Rix.
Other well-known Bevin Boys include playwright Peter Shaffer and DJ and charity campaigner Jimmy Savile.
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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