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Remembering the miners’ strike

4 November 2014

Minors Strike

Thirty years ago Arthur Scargill announced that miners in coalfields throughout the UK would be taking industrial action in response to government plans to close 20 pits. This miners' strike is still regarded as one of the most controversial industrial disputes in recent history. 

To mark this important anniversary, a talk entitledRemembering the Miners' Strike, Thirty Years On will be delivered at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University by Dr Hywel Francis MP. 

The lecture will explore from a personal perspective the unique patterns of solidarity in Wales during the miners' strike of 1984/5 as outlined in his book - 'History on our Side' (2009) and his forthcoming book 'Stars in the Valleys: the history of the Neath, Dulais and Swansea Valleys Miners Support Group'.

Admission to the lecture is free and it will be held at the Centre on Senghennydd Road, Cardiff on Thursday 6 November at 7.15pm. Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm. The event is sponsored by the Historical Association and is part of the Exploring the Past free Lecture series run on a monthly basis at the Centre.

In addition, the new part-time Pathway to Politics will be launched at the lecture. This pathway will provide adults returning to education with a route onto degrees in Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University. It has been designed with busy adult learners in mind and no subject knowledge or prior qualifications are needed to enrol.

Information about the lecture is available at:

For more information on Pathways contact Dr Richard Marsden on 029 2087 5610 or Alternatively