End of the Miners Strike in 1985

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1985 - end of the miner's strike in Blaengarw. What happened next?

Description of the aftermath of the 1984-1985 coal strike in Blaengarw using personal testimony and archive. Memories of miners marching back to work at the end of the strike, followed by the closure of all coal mines in the Garw valley. Includes footage of a miners' march on the last day of work with a ceremonial burning of the NCB flag.
From: Coal Stories Blaengarw
First broadcast : 16 November 2007

Teachers' notes

Age Group : 7-9,14-16

Subject : History, Geography, Sociology

Topic : Modern Wales and Britain, Economic activity, Coal industry, Community and culture

Keywords : Miners' strike 1984, Human goegraphy, Coal industry, Blaengarw

Notes : Useful clip to explore the impact of the end of coal mining in South Wales and at the resultant social change in the coal communities.History KS2 ( 7-9, 9-11) topics - life in Modern Wales and Britain, coal industry, twentieth century world. KS2 geography topics - human geography, economic activity,coal industry, traditional industries. KS4 ( 14-16) sociology topics - community and culture, coal industry.

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