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Swansea University
Arthur Horner Study (audio recordings)

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC : AUD/Project/10

Held at: Swansea University

Title: Arthur Horner Study (audio recordings)

Short Title: Arthur Horner Study (audio recordings)

Creation date(s): 1983

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 4 recordings

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Administrative/Biographical history: Arthur Lewis 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 Wales Miners' 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 by the University of Wales Swansea tackles his political views, labelled "Hornerism" by his critics and also records the opinions of his daughter.


Scope and content/abstract: Recorded interviews with individuals including their memoirs of Arthur 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.


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Conditions governing access: Accessible to all researchers by appointment. Please note that some collections contain sensitive information and access may be restricted.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

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Language codes: eng


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Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Coal miners | Trades unions | Wales, South
Labour leaders | Interviews
Oral history | Wales, South
Political parties | Great Britain
Wales, South | History | 20th century

Personal names
Horner , Arthur , 1894-1968

Corporate names
Communist Party of Great Britain
National Union of Mineworkers
South Wales Miners' Federation.
University College of Swansea


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