Second South Wales Coalfield Project 1979-1982(audio recordings)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Recordings of interviews with various individuals. Particular studies include Former Prime Ministers, Ministers of Fuel/Power etc, and Mining Constituency MP's Study; Higher-Level Managers In The Energy Sector Study; SouthWales Colliery Managers and Officials Study; NUM National Executive Council Members and other Coalfield Leaders Study; Members of the South Wales Area of the NUM Executive Council and Full-Time Officers Study; Lodge Officers Study; "Rank and File" 1979-1982 Study. The collection also includes Teaching Tapes 1979-1982; Discussion Groups; and Miscellaneous 1979-1982. The recordings were made 1979-1982 but cover the period 1880-1982 (c) in subject content.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Second South Wales Coalfield Project 1979-1982, carried out by the University ofWales Swansea, was sponsored by the Social Sciences Research Council. The aim ofthe project was to produce an oral history collection focusing on the national profile of the coal mining industry, although maintaining the South Wales coalfield as its base.

The second project concentrated mainly on the post-1945 period, with greater attention being given to the national profile, management, and the "decision makers" within the energy sector.

This collection includes interviews with former Prime Ministers and mining constituency Members of Parliament; chairmen from the National Coal Board, British National Oil Corporation, and British Petroleum; as well as national figures of coalfield leadership.

Also included is a study on members from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) South Wales Area, local lodge officers, and discussion groups from Maerdy, Penllergaer, and Aberdare collieries.

With a "rank and file" group, which includes a chest physician, teacher, and factory workers, the Second South Wales Coalfield Project gives a vivid account of recent events at both national and local level within the coal mining industry.

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