'This Town...is Coming Like a Ghost Town': The Haunting of Lillydown Primary

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This paper was part of the Conference, 'The Past in the Present: Reflections on Coal Mining and the Miners' Strike 1984-1985', organised by the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) to mark the 40th anniversary of the coal miners’ strike.

The conference began with a showing of the film “Breaking Point” made and introduced by the acclaimed Swedish director Kjell-Ake Andersson. The film was made in Oakdale in February 1985 as the strike was beginning to break and focuses on ways in which solidarity is maintained, the views of the Lodge officials and the activities of the women’s support group.

There were two plenary sessions and a series of eight panel meetings. The plenaries focused on ‘Women, place and community in the strike and today’ and ‘The End of Coal – Contours of a Decarbonised Economy’. The panel discussions examined the strike in a historical context and consider issues of public ownership, trade union organisation and strike strategy, building solidarity, the role of the state and the media in industrial relations, memories of the strike, the changing class structure and the distinctiveness of the coalfields.

The conference featured banners from NUM lodges around the South Wales coalfield and photographic representation of coal mining and the strike.

The conference featured a stellar cast of speakers from both the academy and those directly involved in the unions both in 1984 and today.
Period2 Mar 2024
Event titleThe past in the present: Reflections on coalmining and the miners' strike 1984-85
Event typeConference
LocationCardiff, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational