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Mining Review 19th Year No. 11
Coal touched all our lives, as this issue of the cinemagazine demonstrates with items on a miner's wife turned mayor, a Coal Board chess team and more.
1966 11 mins
The monthly cinemagazine for the coal industry loved nothing more than upsetting expectations. Where conventional wisdom assumed most miners took to darts or pigeon fancying in their spare time, MR showed miners as amateur artists, ballet dancers or, as here, chess masters. Elsewhere in this edition are items on the new lady mayor of Castleford in Yorkshire (who just happens to be married to a miner); the computerisation of miner's pension payments and the merry-go-round trains running between colliery and power station.
Coal on Film
Documentary 1950 36 mins Location: Featherstone
Absorbing overview of coalmining in the early years of nationalisation.
Durham Miners Gala
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Location: Durham
Billowing banners and copious crowds throng Durham for the annual Miners' Gala.
Current affairs 1984 6 mins Location: Stafford
With a crowd of over 2,000 and a pop star like reception for Arthur Scargill, the NUM conference in Sheffield is a rallying cry from the striking miners.
Romance of a Lump of Coal
Documentary 1935 5 mins
A filmic speed date with the multifaceted rock celebrates its talents and virtues in the days before its shortcomings soured the relationship.
Lle Triga’r Caneri
Documentary 1989 46 mins Location: Loughor
From Tenerife to Treorchy: Jack Bellamy’s tribute to the canary, the little yellow songster that saved so many miners’ lives.
Tidy Is Safe
Documentary 1975 14 mins
A neat coalition between the Keep Britain Tidy Group and the National Coal Board aims to inspire colliery cleanliness.
Non-Fiction 1977 3 mins Location: Castleford
A lovely film of a couple who dedicated their lives to amusing local children, and in doing so also preserving a horse drawn Edwardian carousel.
Mining Review 15th Year No. 8
Cinemagazine 1962 10 mins Location: Llandaff
From Llanduff to Castleford on an intriguingly odd tour of the UK's coal industry
It Could Happen to You
Home movie 1958 5 mins Location: Castleford
It’s not often that cake making and cine projector repairs get mixed up, but this married couple have managed it, to great comic effect.
Stephen the Magician
Home movie 1962 3 mins Location: Castleford
A young magician impresses his sister by making a dog appear from under a bucket, and by demonstrating the magic of film itself.
Henry Moore: Recollections of a Yorkshire Childhood
Documentary 1981 39 mins Location: Castleford
From solitary Idle Rock to recumbent sculptured stone, from terraced house and pit shaft to Sheep Piece, a national treasure in the making.
Opening of Castleford Maternity Home by Princess Mary & Viscount Lascelles
Non-Fiction 1929 6 mins Location: Castleford
A princess gets the usual enthusiastic welcome in a Yorkshire town between the wars, with locals enjoying the occasion and children waving their English flags to order.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Historical drama 1928 106 mins
This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.