# BLACK COAL MINERS

Archive Catalogue

Black Coal Miners Museum artefacts, objects and publications listings

PUBLISHED BOOKS & JOURNALS FEATURING MINERS OF AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN HERITAGE

  • ‘Black Miners and The Miners’ Strike’ by Garry Morris New Beacon Review Numbers2/3 November 1986 p. 14
  • Invisible Britain Portraits of Hope and Resilience.Edited by Paul Sng. Policy Press 2018
  • Memories of the Nottinghamshire Coalfieldsby David Bell Countryside Books, 2008
  • An Industry Now Lost The Pride, passion and Painof Mining by Arthur Cole. Wordcatcher Publishing 2018
  • Coal Mining in the East Midlandsby David Amos and Natalie Braber. Bradwell Books 2017
  • Jamaicans in Nottingham Narratives and Reflectionsby Norma Gregory. Hansib Publications 2015. P. 43, 45
  • Portraits of Britain.Hoxton Mini Press 2018
  • Images of the Past the Miners’ Strikeby Mark Metcalf, Martin Jenkinson, Mark Harvey. Pen & Sword History 2014 p. 168, 174, 189, 215
  • Striking Back Photographs of the Great Miners’ Strike 1984-1985by Mike Simons. Bookmark Publications LTD 2004 p.45
  • Thoresby the End of The Mine.Photographs by Chris Upton. 2015 p.31
  • Digging Deep featured in New Art Exchange brochure September – December 2018 p.8
  • 135th Durham Miners Gala Souvenir Brochure. Saturday July 13th 2019 Durham Miners’ Association (front cover, p25, 36)

TOURING EXHIBITION CONTENT

  • 8 colour panels with text, images and audio, size 2000mm x 850mm. Themes: INTRODUCTION, MIGRATION TO THE UK, FINDING WORK & BECOMING A MINER, TEAMWORK & CAMARADERIE, ACCIDENT INJURIES & DEATH AT THE COLLIERY, MINERS STRIKES & THE STRUGGLE FOR INDUSTRIAL SURVIVAL, LEGACY & LIFE AFTER MINING, THANK YOU
  • Exhibition introduction panel
  • 10 miners ‘portraits photography by David Severn (an be printed to size as wall transfers) A2 size with miners
  • 10 small captions/quotes/interesting facts
  • 10 miners’ objects photographs by David Severn (foam-backed)
  • 10 small commentary panels accompanying photos
  • 1 large painting (framed)
  • Biographies of photographers
  • Biography of curator
  • 1 frame photo A2 of black miner at work as a Shaftsman with biography of photographer, Chris Upton
  • 4 maps - showing geographical locations of black miners (local, national, global contexts)
  • Group hhoto (foam backed) of black miners’ reunion
  • Poems as wall transfers
  • Video (from project, 60mins) on looped video screen
  • Key words to be displayed, encouraging accessibility for younger visitors or visitors with learning challenges: loyalty, survival, camaraderie, legacy, trust, equality, community, purpose, sadness, intensity, tolerance, fellowship, diligence, dust, dryness, dampness, duty, obligation, pain, death, survival, servitude, love, dedication, care, camaraderie, friendship, silence, noise, reflection
  • Coal – pile (2 tonnes/ 2 large sacks)
  • A selection of 3D coal art /sculptures/jewellery
  • Mining artefacts (tools, clothing etc.) in display cabinet – with captions
  • Exhibition leaflets /posters
  • Feedback /evaluation area (postcards)
  • Portable displays
  • 8 x exhibition pull up banners (2 metres x 85 cm)
  • 10 portable black display panels with black mining heritage content (6 poles)
  • 2x 6 portable black panels (hinges)
  • 1 x portable black panel with side panels
  • 1 x 6 portable blue panels
  • Colliery banners of those which feature black miners (1 metre square) either: Gedling Colliery (Notts), Dean & Chapter (Durham NUM) Deep Navigation (Wales), North Selby (NUM) North Gawber (NUM)
  • Coal News / Coal articles featuring black miners

MINING ARTEFACTS & OBJECTS

  • 2 x Yellow helmet with ear protectors and front lamp (one without front lamp)
  • Black helmet vintage (c1950s or earlier) and lamp (head torch)
  • 1 x white plastic helmet (modern)
  • 1 x helmet lamp (single item)
  • Miners boots (vintage)
  • Soap dish (vintage) oval
  • Soap dish (vintage) rectangle
  • Water canister Regaid, 1930s
  • Powder bag blue (1950s)
  • Powder bag battery (winder)
  • Snap tin (ACME)
  • Miners lamp
  • 1 beer bottle (empty) - Gedling Colliery beer
  • Green battery pack belt and battery
  • Belt battery
  • 3 x self-rescuers
  • Self- rescuer instruction leaflet
  • Methane Tester, Type HC III
  • Evaluation postcards
  • 7 NCMME cards (greeting cards, blank)
  • 1 x NUM Dean and Chapter card
  • Dust mask
  • Sherwood colliery postcard
  • Protective eye googles (modern)
  • Protective plastic glasses (in packaging)
  • Knee protectors, yellow & black (one split in two/from an accident underground)
  • 2 x snuff tins
  • A2 photograph by Chris Upton (Edward
  • Toy model train Pinxton wagon
  • Oxygen detector
  • 1 x horse/pony shoe
  • Troxex – mining safety item (yellow pointer/ monitoring tool)
  • B.A. Collieries, Gedling Colliery wagon label (vintage)
  • From Gedling Colliery to Southwater wagon label (vintage)
  • Thoresby Colliery contractor ID/entrance pass card (modern pit check)
  • Motties (Checks) brown paper packet with red, yellow and brass token with neck tie/string
  • 3 x motties (checks) from Kellingley, Hucknall and Gedling collieries
  • 4 x brass badges (Nottingham UDM, 1984 NUM strike badge, South Wales areas NUM, WAPC NUM 1984-2014)
  • Mottie /Token hanging board, wooden (vintage)
  • 3 x Skill’s Bus tickets (return tickets) Gedling Colliery service
  • Colliery Ventilation Officer’s calculator - National Coal board (with black case)
  • Metric Methane Flow calculator - National Coal Board (with black case)
  • Paul Robeson in New York and the Miners’ Eisteddfod in Porthcawl 5 October 1957. Record 331/4 r.p.m, 1957 CAMRIAN South Wales Branch NUM. NUM Transatlantic Exchange.
  • Mug – Trust me I’m a Miner, Moorland Pottery

MINING TOOLS

  • 1 x pick
  • 2 x spades
  • Coal (approx. 3 tonnes)
  • Small hand pick (modern)

PRIMARY SOURCE MINING BOOKS / BOOKLETS / POSTERS

  • 4 safety procedure booklets (Strata Rockbolting Operator, Stage Loader Attendant, Transfer Point Attendant, Coal Face Power Loader Operator)
  • 1 x film poster ‘Still the Enemy Within’ (donated by NUM south wales leader, Wayne Thomas)
  • 3 x safety posters: ‘The Good, the bad and the ugly’, Standards, only the best way will prevent underground fires’, Drive with care everywhere’)
  • Injuries at Work Medical Centre Attendances record book (blank) UK Coal
  • Service certificate, 50 years
  • National Coal Board, East Midlands Division, No.3 Area, Safety department, April 1964. Notice of Accident or Dangerous Occurrence at a Mine book (hard back) green
  • Tower Colliery – Tower Surface Mine map
  • Tower Colliery newsletter, May 2014
  • Tower Colliery calendar 2004

MINE SIGNAGE

  • Downcast shaft sign
  • Upcast shaft sign

MINING CLOTHING & COSTUMES

  • Florescent orange worktop/t-shirt (small) Thoresby Colliery (from Anthony Kirby, miner)
  • 2 x Florescent orange shorts
  • 1 x orange vest
  • 1 vest (mesh)
  • 1 shorts (mesh)
  • 2 x canvas shirt top
  • 2 x canvas trouser
  • 1 x pair white/rubber gloves
  • 1 orange shirt/top (vintage)
  • 1 x sack and large nappy pin
  • Women’s t-shirt – ‘Women Against Pit Closures ‘You can’t kill the spirit’ slogan
  • T- shirt Miners of African Caribbean Heritage (Sample)
  • T-shirt Coal Kids (sample)
  • 1 X Bag Digging Deep

AFRICAN CARIBBEAN RELATED COSTUMES /MEMORABILIA

  • Suitcase 1940s
  • White gloves (leather)
  • Women’s Dresses/tops 1950s/1960s look
  • Child (female) dress 1950s/1960s look
  • Man’s suits and waistcoats 1950s/ 1960s look
  • Iron wrist shackles (replica)
  • Iron chain and key (original)
  • Coffee, beads, cigar, shells, cocoa
  • iron manilla trading rings
  • Conch shell, shells
  • Vintage records

DVDs

  • Digging Deep Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage National Narratives from Across the UK 2018
  • Skin & Coal by Concord Media 1986
  • BBC Inside OutBrothers Beneath the Surface 12thSeptember 2016
  • British Coal Headquarters Technical Department Television Production A Smell of Burning the Self Rescuer1987
  • The Annesley Vampire
  • Brassed Off (film) 1996
  • The Proud Valley (Paul Robeson) film. 1940

PHOTOS & IMAGES

Hundreds of Nottingham News Centre Archive images on request

MINERS FUNERAL CARDS & IMAGES

  • Deceased black miners’ photos/funeral cards etc.
  • Charlie Davis - (photograph) Gedling Colliery miner
  • Vernal Archibold Rhoden - (funeral service card) Gedling Colliery miner
  • Vernon Gregory – (funeral service card) Babbington (Cinderhill) and Gedling Colliery miner
  • Rupert Fertadou Meikle – (funeral service card) Gedling Colliery miner
  • Trevor Lloyd Clark (- funeral service card) Gedling Colliery miner

BOOKS ON MINING /MINERS (CONTEMPORARY & SECONDARY SOURCES)

  • Published books on mining /miners(contemporary, secondary sources)
  • Memories of the Coal Queens,compiled by Anne Bradley and Rebecca Hudson, NCMME Publications, 2010 (2 copies)
  • Tom Lamb My Mining Days 1946-1969,NCMME Publications, 2008
  • Pit Profiles: Re-profiled Kellingley Collieryby Anton Want. NCMME Publications, 2013
  • Coal Faces Mining Livesby Imogen D. Townsend NCMME 2005
  • The Driftphotos by Ian Beesley words by Ian McMillan NCMME Publications 2011
  • Durham Coal A People’s Historyby Andre Clark & George Nairn 2001
  • Class Against Class The Miners’ Strike 1984-5edited by Sean Matgamna. Phoenix Press 2015
  • The Enemy Withinby Seumas Milne 4thedition, Verso 2014
  • Facets of Working Lives.Complied by Katharine Carlton and Rebecca Smith. NCMME 2009 ( 2 copies)
  • The Rhondda Valleysby E.D Lewis. University College Cardiff Press. Reprint of 2ndedition, 1984
  • Images of Wales Maerdy Rhondda Valleyby David Owen. The History Press, reprint 2014
  • Coal Society: A History of the South Wales Mining Valleys 1840-1980 by David Egan (1987, Gomer Press)
  • Nottinghamshire Dialectby Natalie Braber Bradwell Books 2015
  • 133rd Durham Miners Gala Souvenir Brochure. Saturday July 8th2017 Durham Miners’ Association
  • 135thDurham Miners Gala Souvenir Brochure. Saturday July 13th2019 Durham Miners’ Association
  • A Century of Struggle Britain’s Miners in Picture 1889-1989. NUM 1989 (Arthur Scargill signed copy)
  • Coal Mining and the Cameraby Rosemary Preece NCMME Publications 1998
  • The Big Meeting a History of the Durham Miners’ Galaby David Temple. TUPS Boos in association with Durham Miners’ Association 2011
  • Bilsthorpe Colliery A History (and the village re-birth).Bilsthorpe Heritage Society 1983
  • Welcome to Gedling Colliery British Coal Nottinghamshire Area. 1986
  • The Nottinghamshire Coalfield 1881-1981 A Century of Progressby A.R.Griffin. Moorland Publishing 1981
  • Peter the Pit Ponyby Laura Simpson. Nottinghamshire County Council 2017
  • Images of Wales Cwm Rhondaa Fach Trehafod to Maerdyby David Owen. Tempus Publishing 2003
  • Nottinghamshire Miners’ Talesby Angela Franks. Reflections of a Bygone Age 2001
  • From a Rock to a Hard Place Memories of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strikeby Beverley Trounce. The History Press 2015
  • Coal Not Dole Memories of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strikecompiled by Guthrie Hutton. Stenlake Publishing 2005
  • Look Back in Anger the Miners’ Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years Onby Harry Paterson Five Leaves Publishing 2014
  • What is Coal? Brochure by Emma Carol. NCMME
  • Dave Hopper 1943-2016.Memorial Service Brochure 2016
  • The Dirty Thirty Heroes of the Miners’ Strikeby David Bell Five Leaves. Reprinted 2011
  • The 1984-1985 Miners’ Strike in Nottinghamshireby John Lowe and Jonathan Symcox. Wharncliffe Books. Reprinted 2015
  • Me and My Lampby Howard G. Awbery. Fastprint Publishing 2014
  • Strike, Not the End of the Story, Reflections on the Major Coal Mining Strikes in Britainby David John Douglass. NCMME 2005
  • Bentley Colliery & Bentley New Village Early Developmentby Dave Fordham. Fed el Adoum Publishing 2009
  • The Miners of Nottinghamshire A History of the Nottinghamshire Miners’Trade Unions by David Amos. Published the Union of Democratic Mineworkers 2013
  • Over 5,800 Collieries of Great Britain The Complete A-Z Colliery Names Pre – 1947 Owner Areas & Dates.Volume 2 by Colin Jackson 2002. Copies available from NCMME
  • Controversies in Coal: Internment, impoundment and Intrigue at Harworth Colliery (1913-1924).Complied by David Amos Mine2Minds Education 2017
  • A Nottinghamshire Pitman’s Storyby David Coleman. Dayglo Books 2017
  • Nottinghamshire Collieries on old picture postcardsby Angela Franks. Reflections of a Bygone Age 2000
  • The Miners in Crisis and WarA History of the Miners’ Federation of Great Britain (from 1930 onwards) by R Page Arnot. George Allen & Unwin LTD 1961
  • Setting Scores: The Media, the Police & The Miners’ Strike. Edited by Granville Williams 2014
  • Margaret Thatcher The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher(1993)
  • Shafts of light: mining Art in the Great Northern Coalfieldby Robert McManners & Gillian Wales (2016)
  • The Bevin Boys: War’s Forgotten Workforce. The Auckland Project (2018)
  • The Coal Mineby Derek Slater. Publisher: Rockpool Children’s Books LTD (2016)
  • Nottingham Miners Do Strike!By Keith Stanley NUM Nottingham Area (2009)
  • Wollaton on old picture postcards. Yesterday's Nottinghamshire Series no.27 by David Ottewell, 1994

NATIONAL COAL BOARD (NCB) BOOKS

  • National Coal Board Memorandum of Agreements, arbitration, awards and decisions, recommendations and interpretations relating to National questions concerning wages and conditions of employment in the coalmining industry of Great Britain. Part XXXIX, 1stJanuary to 31stDecember 1984. Published by National Coal Board, 1985.
  • National Coal Board Memorandum of Agreements, arbitration, awards and decisions, recommendations and interpretations relating to National questions concerning wages and conditions of employment in the coalmining industry of Great Britain. Part XXXV.Published by National Coal Board, August 1981.
  • National Coal Board Memorandum of Agreements, arbitration, awards and decisions, recommendations and interpretations relating to National questions concerning wages and conditions of employment in the coalmining industry of Great Britain. Part XI, 1stJanuary to 31 December 1956.Published by National Coal Board, April 1957.

MINE MAPS (Photocopies of primary sources)

  • A3 Plan showing officials Second Means of Egress, Gedling Colliery (Main Bright, High Hazles and Top Hard Seams)

MINING JOURNALS & RELATED NEWSPAPERS (regional)

  • World Coal
  • Global Review
  • Oral History Journal
  • The Voice Newspaper
  • Nottingham Post
  • The Miner, Journal of the National Union of Mineworkers, Special Conference edition, August 2008
  • The Chad

MEDIA

https://www.voice-online.co.uk/entertainment/arts-culture/2019/09/28/digging-deep-miners-of-african-caribbean-heritage/