National Union of Mineworkers Energy Research Archive

Ref: MS 242

Title: National Union of Mineworkers Energy Research Archive

Scope: Documents both published and unpublished relating to the Coal and other energy industries (mainly 1970s to early 1990s) formerly in the Library of the Research Department of the National Union of Mineworkers, Sheffield

Dates: 1925-1993 (mainly 1973 - 1993)
Level: Fonds
Extent: 148 boxes
Name of creator: National Union of Mineworkers

Administrative / biographical history:

The story of the Coal Industry and of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the later 20th century is a dramatic and painful one of growing strength and success followed, in the 1980s, by bitter industrial conflict, the outcome of which was the sudden and disastrous collapse of both industry and union, severely affected by changing government policies towards the energy market. The documents in the Archive form valuable primary and background research material to the history of this decline, and relate not only to the coal industry but to the entire field of energy: electricity, gas, nuclear power, oil, and alternatives; along with other industries and relevant topics, including iron and steel, transport, the environment, industrial relations, health and safety, U.K. government and E.E.C. statistics on trade and population, trade unions and human rights.

The collection originally formed part of the Library of the Research Department of the NUM, and was donated to the University of Sheffield when the Union moved to Barnsley from its former Headquarters building in Holly Street, Sheffield, in 1994. The material passed into the care of Professor P.W. Wright in the Department for Lifelong Learning, who organised the material for use by students of his Energy Studies course before offering it to the University Library in 1998. A catalogue was produced by Kevin Longmore, a postgraduate research student in the Department.

  • Related collections: Feickert Papers; Bradley Documents; Glyn Documents; National Union of Mineworkers (Yorkshire) Minutes
  • Source: By transfer in January 1998
  • System of arrangement: By section
  • Subjects: Coal mines and mining - England; Energy industries - Great Britain
  • Names: National Union of Mineworkers
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: Some documents restricted
  • Copyright: Variously according to document
  • Finding aids: Listed