Do you know the peo­ple in these coal­field pho­tos?

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THESE pho­tos of the South Wales coal­field strike mem­o­ries of a time when the coal in­dus­try was the blood run­ning through the veins of Wales.

The smil­ing faces of min­ers with faces black with soot hide the harsh re­al­ity of the pro­fes­sion and the strains fac­ing work­ers and their fam­i­lies due to the im­pend­ing clo­sures.

These pho­tos, taken be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the Min­ers’ Strike of 1984-1985, tell the story of how the tide was turn­ing in Wales which would see the end of coal min­ing on the scale it had been through­out the 20th cen­tury.

Ear­lier this year, the Glam­or­gan Archives re­ceived 79 pho­tographs de­pict­ing the South Wales coal­field, from staff work­ing at the ON Fife Archives in Scot­land af­ter they had been passed to them the by Car­den­den

They in­clude black and white pho­tographs of min­ers work­ing at the Aber­cynon Colliery circa 1980, pho­tographs doc­u­ment­ing the clo­sure of the col­lieries in the 1980s and pho­tographs of fam­i­lies col­lect­ing coal from tips dur­ing the strike. Min­ing Mu­seum.

Lit­tle is known about the pho­tographs, with no de­tails recorded of the pho­tog­ra­pher or the rea­sons be­hind why the pho­tographs were taken.

Some of the names of the men cap­tured in the col­lec­tion have been recorded but that is all the in­for­ma­tion that is avail­able.

Glam­or­gan Archives is now ap­peal­ing for peo­ple who may have in­for­ma­tion about who took the pho­tographs or the peo­ple and places that fea­ture in them to get in touch.

You can con­tact them at: glamro@cardiff.gov.uk

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