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Studies of the Miners Strike have in general focused on their national political dimensions. Local records of the strike have generally been confined to memorabilia. The study aims to provide a systematic narrative of the strike and its aftermath, focused on a single village, and based on recorded interviews with local activists. Over 50 villagers have been interviewed, generating 90 hours of tape and over 2700 pages of typed transcript. Interviews focus on piecing together events in the village with a particular emphasis on problems of organisation, community support, the informal social security system, policing, strikebreaking, rumours, the formation and activity of a Womens Action Group, the impact of national events, community divisions, changes in social relations and the lasting effects of the strike. The research shows the density and complexity of changes initiated by the stike and the sources and depth of community unity and division subsequent to it. The course the strike followed in the village was of an initial passive consensus led by activists, which with the onset of local strikebreaking (Sept 1984) became transformed into an active consensus with widespread mobilisation. This active consensus reached a peak at Christmas 1984. In January and February 1985 it collapsed amidst tremendous local recriminations, directed primarily and almost entirely at strikebreakers. The subsequent demoralisation in evidence throughout British coalfields has been mitigated to some degree in South Yorkshire by blame for defeat focusing on a clearly identifiable minority, who in response have developed a set of parallel social institutions.

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Rory Robinson Show

person involved: P Gibson Date: 11 September 2000 Audio/video recording