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Coal mining - and The Miners' Strike - in Staffordshire
Miners at Hem Heath Colliery
Mining History

At one time, Staffordshire was home to a large number of coal mines - from deep pit mining to open cast.

But during the 1980s, the industry was hit by a succession of pit closures and the year-long miners' strike of 1984/5.

Many of these pits dwindled away and a whole industry disappeared within a few years.

However, the memories and the photographs of those miners who worked the seam to provide fuel for the nation still remain.

On this page we have gathered together links to a number of pages, photo galleries and audio testimonies - all to do with our local coal-mining heritage.

Events

Stoke-on-Trent held a series of events to remember the mining industry and the 25th anniversary of the end of miners' strike.

One such event, called 'The Big A', was held on 3 March 2010 at the Forum Theatre, in The Cultural Quarter in Hanley.

'The Big A' was a charity event, with a debate of several panellists which included MP George Galloway and film director Ken Loach.

On the same night a new documentary, about local mining, from North-Staffordshire based film-makers Inspired Film and Video, was shown.

Entitled 'Pride In The Pits' it recalled the lives of miners, the disasters, the end of mining and ultimately the regeneration of former mining areas in the North-Staffordshire coal-field. It was the third feature-length local interest documentary from Inspired.

Miners Rally
About the Miners' Strike 1984/5





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