Do you know the people in these coalfield photos?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org