Coal Mining in Britain | The story of mining from the coal face to the strike
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 November 1975
DURATION | 47 minutes 42 seconds
'Omnibus' explores a weekend in the life of a Yorkshire mining community set to the music of the Frickley Colliery brass band and illustrated with paintings and prose from former miners. There's a Friday rehearsal in the bandroom, a singalong in the social and an interesting digression on the wearing and usage of the traditional cloth cap.
Frickley Colliery closed in 1993, but its brass band played on. Founded in the 1880s, the band toured Germany and Holland during its heyday in the 1950s and also recorded a session for the BBC Radio 2 programme 'Listen to the Band' in 2007. Artist Tom McGuinness, whose work is featured in the programme, became a Bevin Boy in 1944 and remained a miner until he was made redundant in 1982. He took up painting after attending an evening class at Darlington Art College and his work was included in two major exhibitions in London. Other paintings featured in this programme are by Norman Cornish, whose work celebrates working-class life in Spennymoor, County Durham. He was awarded the MBE in 2008.
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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