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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.
Current affairs 1984 6 mins
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Reporter Rob Whitehouse joins a group of moderate NUM delegates from Staffordshire on a trip to Sheffield where the miners strike is at its most solid. Amid allegations of a media bias there appears to be a united front behind Arthur Scargill and the strike. But with rumours of the army being called in and talks of Ian MacGregor of the National Coal Board being out to destroy the union, questions are being asked about why there has been no national ballot.
Coal on Film
Documentary 1950 36 mins Silent Location: Featherstone
Absorbing overview of coalmining in the early years of nationalisation.
Incinerate - With Coal
Documentary 1973 26 mins Location: Nottingham
The styles, streets and music of 1970s Nottingham are engagingly evoked in this industrial process film.
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.
Release the Jailed Miners!
Campaigning film 1984 40 mins Location: Betteshanger Colliery
Wives and mothers call for the release of miners jailed during the Miners' Strike.
In and Around Stafford
Home movie 1964 5 mins Silent Location: Stafford
A grand parade takes to the streets of Stafford.
Christmas at Stafford
Amateur film 1915 5 mins Silent Location: Stafford
The war rages elsewhere, but the festive season offers a brief escape
Industry sponsored film 1947 27 mins Location: Stafford
An introduction to the glorious heritage of the Staffordshire Potteries, constructed around a young London woman’s visit to the factories.
Mining Review 7th Year No. 2
Cinemagazine 1953 9 mins Location: Ystradgynlais
Miners from Glamorganshire and Stafford let down their hair with festivals, galas and lashings of beer.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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