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Under New Management

The coal industry needs you! Newly nationalised mining companies seek colliers, stokers, gaffers and lamp-keepers.

Documentary 1948 13 mins


More men wanted! The newly nationalised coal industry seeks new workers in this absorbing look at the everyday life of a miner. The emphasis of the film is on the wide range of mining jobs available - from colliers to stokers, gaffers and lamp-keepers - and the varied levels of physical fitness required. With high levels of unemployment among ex-servicemen - many of whom returned disabled after WWII - the newly state-owned industry was keen to open its doors to as many men as possible.

This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.