Coal House at War


About Coal House at War

In October 2008, three families were sent back to live life as it was in a mining community during 1944.

The Griffiths family from Ammanford, the Paisey family from Cardiff and the Tranter Davies family from Merthyr Tydfil were selected from hundreds of applicants, to gain an insight into how people lived during the War. They were also joined by Bevin Boys - conscripts sent to dig for coal for the War effort - and evacuees from Wales and England.

The families had to cope with living on rations, the fear of air raids, black-outs and 'Digging for Victory' whilst living in a tiny 1940s miner's cottage in the Welsh hills of Blaenavon.

As with the first series, the men and boys over 14 had to face the harsh reality of walks over the mountains in all weather to work a long day as coal miners at Blaentillery No.2 Mine - the last working mine of its kind in the UK. They also had to cope with the demands of the mine owner, Mr Blandford.

Meanwhile the women will had to run the home under 1944 conditions, as well as undertaking war work, whilst having to feed their families on the limited rations.

Coal House is made for BBC Wales by Indus Films

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