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Mining Review: 4th Year (1950-51)

The fourth year of the coal industry's own newsreel

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This is a complete list of items screened during Mining Review's fourth year:

September 1950 - No. 1

Hanes Glo
Eisteddfod, South Wales; includes miners competing in activities.

London to Wales
World power conference trip/ Delegates from Portugal, Yugoslavia and Belgium visits Nantgarw horizon mine, Llandough Pneumoconiosis Centre, Llanharan Colliery, sightseeing at Cardiff Castle, and the Briquetting Plant near Aberaman.

Boy's Town
St. Athan's Boys' Club, Porthcawl, Glamorganshire.

Under the Mountain
Reconstruction of Mardy Colliery, Rhondda, Wales.

October 1950 - No. 2

Transformation Scheme
Old stables in Nottinghamshire converted to a medical centre for miners.

Radio Telephone
A radio telephone system at an open-cast mine in Abergavenny..

Dawdon swimming gala.

November 1950 - No. 3

After The Headlines
victims of the Knockshinnoch mine disaster rehabilitating at Ayr holiday camp.

Digging In
Mechanical mucker at Calverton (Nottingham).

Miners Off-Shore
Deal Rowing Club.

Planting trees by the Forestry Commission for pit props on the dunes of Moray Firth at Culbin Sands.

December 1950 - No. 4

On The Move
Manvers Main - modern underground haulage system.

Baby It's Cold Outside
Research centre at Garston on domestic heating efficiency; includes experiments on the Abbots Langley housing estate.

Old Faithful
Old winding machine at Wearmouth.

Up for the Cup
Crookhall Colliery brass band from Durham and their entry in the National Brass Band Contest held at the Albert Hall.

January 1951 - No. 5

Digging Up The Past
Old workings, Hempdyke, Yorkshire; archaeological investigation of old pit workings at South Heindly exposed by opencast mining.

Pit Portrait
Artist H.A. Freeth at Deep Duffryn where he paints Jim Murphy a miner.

Standby Winder
Emergency winding gear at Doncaster including a practice drill. Linby Colliery V Gillingham in first round of FA Cup.

February 1951 - No. 6

Safety Officer
The safety officer's job, as demonstrated by Tom Jones at Bradford colliery.

Power Boat
The rover gas turbine launch, "Torquil", is put through its paces on the River Thames.

Mass Consultation
Mass x-ray unit at Mardy, South Wales.

Shifting the River
Engineers diverting the River Browney in County Durham after it flooded the Littleburn Drift mine and threatened Brandon Colliery.

March 1951 - No. 7

Young Ideas
Schoolboys' exhibition at the Horticultural Halls, Westminster, London.

The Magnet
Magnetic safety lamp locks at Thorne colliery and Stoke Orchard laboratory (the Coal Board research laboratory).

NCB amateur boxing Edinburgh. Boxers featured are Gerry Scott v David Clarke (welter-weight) and Charley Francis v Tom McLean (heavyweight).

April 1951 - No. 8

Pit to Power
Underground conveyor at Bradford colliery leading to Stewart Street power station.

Warming Whitehall
The use of a coal by-product in Whitehall boiler room to heat government buildings.

TV At Bolsover
Wilfred Pickles at Bolsover colliery as part of his television programme Have A Go for the BBC.

Training For Rescue
Doncaster rescue station: miners are put through their paces a the rescue station using breathing apparatus and first aid.

Eddie Thomas
Flashback to previous Mining Review (1st Year No. 8), featuring Eddie Thomas, boxer and now European titleholder.

May 1951 - No. 9

Fresh Air
Mines ventilation - fan model

The Miner Sings
Miners' folk song competition. The first in a series of recordings of miners songs features 'The Collier's Rant' performed by Rowland Robson.

Communication Cord
A safety device for conveyor belts is demonstrated at Thoresby Colliery by inventor Gerald Russon.

Stonework Over Easter
Rock climbing: miners in climbing party at Keswick.

June 1951 - No. 10

Exhibition Piece
A two-ton lump of coal is extracted from the Lind Level drift mine at Tredegar and transported to the Festival of Britain for exhibition.

Fuel Sleuths
A paper mill's fuel economy. Testing heat efficiency at St Andrews Paper Mills, London.

The Last Round
NCB boxing finals at Nottingham. Billy Gison v Emlyn Jones (flyweight), J.F. Parsons v R.J. Thomas (middlewight), Arthur Hoyle v Tommy Greathead (light heavy weight).

July 1951 - No. 11

A disaster at Easington colliery.

Warming The Pot
China making in the Potteries, at the W.T. Copeland & Sons Spode works at Stoke on Trent, using coal for firing from the Norton Pit.

Late Night Final
Rugby finals at Leigh: the North-Western Division rugby league final between Bickershaw Colliery and Sutton Manor Colliery.

Festival Miner
Miner Bob Winfield takes his wife to the Festival pleasure gardens, where he demonstrates the Meco-Moore cutter before taking his wife on a short river trip to Battersea's Festival Pleasure Gardens.

August 1951 - No. 12

Digging Deep
Shaft sinking in Lancashire.

Miners' Festival
Festival of Britain Show in Shotts, Lanarkshire.

Fox Hunt
Miners keep down foxes with hunting dogs in Neath Valley, Wales.

Michael Brooke, with data from the BFI SIFT database

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