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Swansea University
1983 Strike

Reference code(s): GB 0217 SWCC:VID/Project/3

Held at: Swansea University

Title: 1983 Strike

Short Title: 1983 Strike

Creation date(s): 1983

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 5 items

Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history: The use of video recording in historical research and adult education was first realised at the South Wales Miners' Library in the mid-1970s. Links with an educational centre in the USA prompted the Miners' Library to develop its own programme of video recordings, beginning with the tape recording of Extra-Mural speakers and studio interviews, and then moving to on-location filming. The Second South Wales Coalfield Research Project (1979-1982) made a major contribution, collecting material that was edited to produce tapes such as the Glyncastle Project (GB 0217 SWCC:VID/Project/1). Co-operation with other bodies produced more tapes, such as the 1981 Strike (GB 0217 SWCC:VID/Project/2) produced with Cardiff Community Video Workshop.
Extra-mural classes organised by the Department of Adult and Continuing Education in what is now University of Wales Swansea, were a significant focus of the recording, such as an adult local history class in the Dulias Valley which worked as a research group in producing Maesmarchog Local History Class (GB 0217 SWCC:VID/Project/7), a social history of the valley. Several teaching tapes were produced using a range of local historical sources, such as Dan Lewis Remembers (GB 0217 SWCC:VID/Project/14), which was widely used in schools, community groups, adult education classes, conferences and colleges.
The video recordings also played an important role in archival work, teaching and research, for example being used on Extra-Mural miners day release and residential courses. Funding provided by the Welsh Arts council led to the recording of Waste of Our Time (GB 0217 SWCC:VID/Project/6) by Tim Exton, depicting the changing local industrial landscape.
The video recordings consist mainly of interviews, including some with such figures from the South Wales coal industry as Dai Francis, Emlyn Williams and Phil Weekes. Also included amongst the video collection are conferences arranged by the National Union of Mineworkers, the Trades Union Congress, Llafur and other groups along with recordings of the cultural activities of the mining communities including the Miners' Eisteddfod and the Miners' Gala; recordings of various news reports, including American news coverage of the 1984-85 miners strike; and various documentaries recorded from television broadcasts, including topics such as the Spanish Civil War.
The 1983 Strike was held over pit closures.


Scope and content/abstract: This consists of interviews with union officials from the NUM (South Wales Area) about a ballot for national strike action and striking miners from South Wales.


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Conditions governing access: The videos are held at the South Wales Miners' Library which is located in Hendrefoelan House, two miles from the Archives. The address is:
South Wales Miners' Library
Hendrefoelan House
Gower Road
Tel: 01792 518603/518693
Fax: 01792 518694
Please contact the South Wales Miners' Library for further details regarding access.
Some video clips maybe viewed on the Coalfield Web Materials' website at

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: The videos are part of the South Wales Coalfield Collection. An online catalogue can be found at

Language codes: eng


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Note: Finding aid encoded by Julie Anderson July 2003 with reference to the 8th Report of the South Wales Miners' Library, 1982-3.

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

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

Audio-visual aids
Coal miners | Wales, South
Coal mines and mining | Wales, South
Strikes and lockouts
Wales | History | 20th century

Personal names

Corporate names
Great Britain | National Coal Board
National Union of Mineworkers | South Wales Area

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