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Title: The 1984/85 miners' strike : its impact on and legacy for the Nottinghamshire miners and their families
Author: Bardill, Linda
ISNI:       0000 0001 3444 6631
Awarding Body: University of Lincoln
Current Institution: University of Lincoln
Date of Award: 2006
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The aim of this research project was to study the social and economic consequences of the 1984/85 Miners' Strike in the county of Nottinghamshire. Very little work has been carried out to explore these issues and to evaluate, in human tenns, the legacy of the Miners' Strike and its aftennath for the ~ottinghamshire miner and his family. There was a wealth ~f oral testimony to be gathered in Nottinghamshire and these issues have been examined using 'the oral testimonies from 60 in-depth interviews gathered from the inhabitants of the fonner Nottinghamshire coal communities. These included both working and striking miners and their wives, the police, a Member of Parliament and National Coal Board management. The thesis begins by examining the methodology that was used. It then goes on to examine the concept ofmining communities and how these were beginning to disappear in the decade leading up to the strike. A consideration ofthe strike from a national perspective helped to contextualise the part played by the Nottinghamshire miners. The research has established the effects on the miners' wives, both striking and working during the strike and in the years that followed. The role of the police and how the strike has influenced perceptions of them in the mining communities today, also fonned part of the research. The study also examined the effect of the strike on Nottinghamshire miners and their families in the years after the strike until the mines began to close. Many unprofitable mines closed down almost immediately after the strike and many more in the years that followed. Nevertheless, the coal industry, under the management of British Coal, enjoyed five productive years. During this time, however, many left the industry. The government introduced schemes to retrain miners and offered substantial redundancy packages. The study has looked at how these men, and women, used their redundancy packages and forged new lives. It showed that the Nottinghamshire miners:and their families adapted well after the strike and the subsequent pit closures. They were resourceful and forward looking and the majority found new employment and a fulfilled life. Many benefited from a more healthy environment in which to work. Any animosity between the opposing sides has long since disappeared. The day-to-day experiences of the strike in the Nottinghamshire coalfield are largely undocumented both from the point of view ofthe striker and, just as importantly, the working miner. This study fills that gap in the literature and has added a new and distinctive dimension to the work that exists on the 1984/85 Miners' Strike.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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