Arthur Horner Study (audio recordings)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Recorded interviews with individuals including their memoirs ofArthur Horner and opinions of 'Hornerism'. There are interviews with Horner's daughter Mrs Vol Toft, Idris Cox, Margot Heinneman and Will Paynter. The recordings were made in 1983 but cover the period 1900-1983 in subject matter.

Administrative / Biographical History

ArthurLewis Horner was born in 1894 in Merthyr Tydfil. In 1919 he was elected as checkweigher for Maerdy Colliery. He was one of the founder members of the British Communist Party established in 1920 and played a leading role in the establishment of the Miners' Minority Movement (MMM) in South Wales. Arthur Horner was the first communist to be elected as the President of the South WalesMiners' Federation (SWMF) in 1936, a position he held until 1946. He also held the post of General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) from 1946 until his retirement in 1959. He died in 1968.

This study, carried out bythe Swansea University tackles his political views, labelled 'Hornerism' by his critics and also records the opinions of his daughter.

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