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Mining Review: 16th Year (1962-63)

The sixteenth year of the coal industry's own newsreel

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This is a complete list of items screened during Mining Review's 16th year:

September 1962 - No. 1

Flying In
At Wollaton Colliery in Nottinghanshire, miners use a unique form of mine transport - a "ski-lift" which carries them to and from work.

'Prince of Darkness'
The Jayrich Film Society of Mansfield completes its second horror film.

Whiter Than White
John Slater visits a Coal Preparation Plant at Bates, Blyth, Northumberland, and explains the various processes involved in coal 'washing'.

October 1962 - No. 2

Holiday On Wheels
Paraplegic miners and their families on holiday at Filey, Yorkshire.

Eric Parsons, a stoneman at Bowburn Colliery, is an expert in 11th to 15th Century pottery.

Fred's Pitch
The function of coal in the manufacture of carpets at a factory at Brighouse, Yorkshire.

The Limburg Walk
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dutch State Mines, two thousand young people employed in the European coal and steel industries participate in a three-day walking tour in the Netherlands.

November 1962 - No. 3

Migration Issue
The migration of miners from Durham to work in the coal fields of the East Midlands.

December 1962 - No. 4

Festival of Labour
This Battersea Park-based festival includes a working model of a coal mine, the Cresswell Colliery Band, and Dorothy Hyman and Arthur Rowe's athletics displays.

The Sheffield Singers sing Handel's Messiah at Bilsthorpe Colliery Miners' Welfare Hall.

Report on 1962
Lord Robens describes a year of record productivity by the NCB, but also the challenges ahead.

January 1963 - No. 5

New Homes for Old
Ewan MacColl sings a ballad story about the Durham Aged Mineworkers' Homes Association's improvements to retired miner's homes.

The Happy Wanderer
The Happy Wanderer pub at Framwellgate, County Durham, has one of Britain's finest collections of mining relics.

Supporting Programme
The Institution of Mining Engineers meet in Manchester. From nearby Bradford Colliery a demonstration of the NCB's remotely controlled self-advancing roof support system is piped by close circuit television into the lecture hall.

Norman Cornish, a stoneman at Mainsforth Colliery, Co Durham, is also a painter.

February 1963 - No. 6

A Story from South Wales
The transfer of miners from Aberaman Colliery, which is to be closed, to Deep Duffryn Colliery.

March 1963 - No. 7

More Power
Richborough power station.

Self Rescuers
Small filtering masks known as self-rescuers are being used at selected pits to combat carbon monoxide fumes.

Bretby Magic
Alan Bottril, an NCB welder and plater, is also a magician.

Sign of the Times
Lord Robens opens Britain's largest outdoor illuminated sign and export of coke to a steelworks in Venezuela.

April 1963 - No. 8

A Story From forthumberland
What the building of a new power station, Blyth and B, means for the miners of Northumberland.

May 1963 - No. 9

The Alchemists
The Dutch State Mines maintain a thriving chemical industry.

Double Bore
The Wilcox Miner has two enormous auger bits which bore into the coal, seen at work underground at Coppice Colliery, East Midlands.

A Walk in the News
The story of Les Weightman, a machine operator at Denby Hall Colliery, who took up the challenge to walk 30 miles in 7 hours. Covered in song by Ewan MacColl and print by the Coal News.

June 1963 - No. 10

Dutch Boffins
The Dutch State Mines, like Britain, have a mining research establishment.

Coal Birds
The prize-winning pigeons owned by Jack Bramley, a deputy at Derbyshire's Woodside Colliery, are 'coal-fired'.

Blast It
At the Stanton and Stavely Ironworks, near Nottingham, coal is used to fire No. 5 blast furnace.

Pride of the Lodge
Banners of trades unions.

July 1963 - No. 11

The Link
Two Scottish pits facing each other across the Forth, Valleyfield and Kinneil, are anticipating a productive future through an under-river link.

August 1963 - No. 12

The NCB's Remotely Operated Longwall Face is a revolutionary breakthrough in mining.

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