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Mining Review: 6th Year (1952-53)

The sixth year of the coal industry's own newsreel

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

September 1952 - No. 1

First Cut
Cutting the first sod at Bevercotes colliery; the opening ceremony with Sir Hubert Houldsworth (National Chairman), Rex Ringham (East Midlands Chairman) and Geoffrey Lloyd (Minister of Fuel and Power).

Free Week
A mining family at Pwllheli holiday camp. The Muckworthy family (from Aberamon Colliery) holiday at Butlins, includes judging of the Holiday Princess competition and facilities at the camp skating, horse riding, and boating lake.

Club Meeting
Golfing miners at Gleneagles. Miners from Woolmet Colliery (Midlothian) play golf.

On Set
Filming The Brave Don't Cry (d. Philip Leacock, 1952) at Southall Studio..

October 1952 - No. 2

The Big Meeting
A report on the Durham miners' gala.

Coking Coal
Nantgarw coke oven plant.

A traditional miners' game in Hemingfield, South Yorkshire in which a small hardwood billet is hit with a piece of wood - a player is allowed six attempts and the longest distance the billet is hit is the winner.

November 1952 - No. 3

Millions To Come
Calverton colliery is the first big new colliery to come into production since nationalisation; the new railway (built for the colliery) was British Rail's first new branch line since nationalisation.

Chislet colliery's public address system for works information.

Testing Time
The loco testing station, Rugby where main-line trains are put through their paces and their performances assessed.

New School
Opening of a new school at Kelloe, Durham, mainly for miners' children.

December 1952 - No. 4

Special Train
Amateur model makers at a Birmingham rally.

Lady Day
A meeting of Women's Institutes in Durham.

Long Haul
A cable-operated conveyor at Frances Colliery, East Fife.

Free For All
All-in wrestling at Fryston Institute (Yorkshire).

January 1953 - No. 5

Rope Trick
The automatic surface haulage layout at Kingshill collieries, Lanarkshire.

FA Cup ties: Beighton miners' welfare versus Wrexham; Wrexham won 3-0 with goals scored by Glyn Hughes and Tommy Bannan (both miners).

Profile: The Doctor
The job of Area Medical Officer Dr Edmonds at Thorseby in the East Midlands..

February 1953 - No. 6

New Year Honours
Three mining people selected for New Year Honours: Alan Hill (Area general manager at Bestwood, Nottinghamshire), Arthur Wright (Worksop) and Burt Day (Haunchwood Colliery, West Midlands).

Right Lines
A new mechanised pit bottom and handling at Shilbottle colliery.

Private Eye
NCB surveyor Edgar Pritchard (Walsall Wood Colliery) makes an amateur 16mm film about poachers.

Jim's Gym
Bentley gymnasium and its use in occupational training through gymnastics.

March 1953 - No. 7

Kensington Colliery
The new Mining department and collection at the Science Museum, London.

Comin' Round The Mountain
Antique locomotives from the 1870s and 1890s still working at Seaham harbour.

Mighty Marietta
A new American mining machine installed at Wellesley Colliery, Scotland.

Report on Rheumatism
Research work on the causes and cure of rheumatism in miners at Walkden Clinic, Manchester.

April 1953 - No. 8

The Big Push
The new British VR180 tractor on opencast sites.

The manufacture of miners' safety boots at Wilkins and Denton, Rushden Northamptonshire.

Cut and Thrust
A new combined cutter-loader at North Gawber colliery.

Out Cold
The NCB Division's amateur boxing finals at Durham.

May 1953 - No. 9

John Bamford, G.C.
The story of the young miner hero awarded the George Cross at Buckingham Palace.

Derby Ram
New automatic mine car handling (surface tub handling) at Donisthorpe Colliery.

Enquire Here
The work of the Coal Utilisation Council (CUC) and the opening of their new information centre at Nottingham.

Deep Breathing
Research on respiration problems and developing new and improved respiration gear for rescue men underground.

June 1953 - No. 10

Coal Well Used
The Littlewood B power station at Dartford, Kent - one of the most efficient coal-burning stations.

Stow It
The work of the stowers at Gelsding Colliery, Nottingham, who replace the coal taken out with waste-packing and tidy up the coal face.

Yorkshire Express
A profile of Freddie Trueman - miner and cricketer.

Wasp's Nest
Ice hockey team the Durham Wasps play a representative England team.

July 1953 - No. 11

Civil Defence
Civil Defence training for miners and the organisation of Civil Defence services at collieries in the East Midlands.

The Waffler
Redesigned coal cutters seen in operation at Brookhill colliery, Nottinghamshire.

Tramp's Ball
Festivities at a colliery village pub (the Winning Post Hotel) at Thorne, Yorkshire. Miners dress up as tramps to win prize.

August 1953 - No. 12

Saving Campaign
The training of ambulance cadets for St John Ambulance Brigade at Blidworth colliery.

More Power To His Elbow
Power loading at the coal face and the progress of mechanisation in the pits, longwall cutters, Meco-Moore machines, the German plough, conveyors and better pit props.

Outward Bound
Four young miners at the Outward Bound Trust's mountain school at Eskdale, Cumberland.

Michael Brooke, with data from the BFI SIFT database

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