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CLIP 7431

The history of coal mining in South Wales (pt 2/2)

The history of coal mining in South Wales (pt 2/2)

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Key Info
  • The history of coal mining in South Wales (pt 2/2)
  • Duration: 3:19
  • Recent pit closures in the valleys of South Wales have had a tremendous impact on local coal mining communities. An archaeologist explains how the landscape of South Wales has changed over recent decades. Aerial photographs of the area show the decline of the coal mining industry over time, an example of the transience of industrial landscapes. Pit closures affected the surrounding communities causing unemployment, poverty and social problems. The Big Pit at Blaenavon is now used as a museum. Includes an interview with a former miner now working as a tour guide at the museum. Footage of an opencast mine is used to explain there is still plenty of coal left in the South Wales area. Aerial shots show old mine sites now being re-greened and landscaped. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Rural: Industry

  • Keywords: coal, colliery, energy, industry, landscape, mining, opencast, poverty, primary, resource, Rhondda, unemployment, Wales, BritainFromAbove
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on industry, particularly a study on the changing fortunes of coal mining in Britain. Highlights the transiency of industrial growth and the impact of pit closures on the people living in nearby communities.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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