Saturday 23 March 2013 at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Free admission.

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On Saturday 23 March 2013 the National Waterfront Museum will be the venue for a fascinating insight into 'The Price of Coal'.  This Disability History Roadshow has been organised in collaboration with Dr Steven Thompson (Aberystwyth University) and forms part of a Wellcome Trust funded project on disability and industrial society, led by Professor Anne Borsay (College of Humanand Health Science) and Dr David Turner (College of Arts and Humanities).


10:30am Exhibition stalls open

11:00am David Turner, Disability History: What’s it for, who’s it for and why is it important? A short introduction to the history of disabled people, showing the variety of sources available and discussing the relevance of the topic for issues facing disabled people and their families today. Dockside Room

11:30am Steven Thompson, ‘See the Federation about it’: The South Wales Miners’ Federation as a disability organisation. Dockside Room

12:00pm Keynote address and official opening of the Roadshow by Rhodri Morgan Main Hall

12:30pm Ceri Thompson (Curator of Big Pit: National Coal Museum), A talk about items of mining equipment from the National Museum’s collection. Dockside Room

1:00pm Anne Borsay, ‘Fit to Work’: The Talygarn Rehabilitation Centre. A short film and discussion about how injured miners were returned to

employment during the Second World War. Warehouse Gallery

2:00pm Fighting for compensation: Hywel Francis MP in conversation with Terry Thomas (former South Wales NUM vice-president), Verdun Price (former lodge secretary, Coegnant Lodge) and Julian Tudor-Hart (former GP at Glyncorrwg). Warehouse Gallery

3:00pm Ben Curtis, Adding Insult to Injury: The case of Frank Eaves, a disabled miner. A talk on the case of an individual miner from the Rhondda Valley in the Edwardian period. Dockside Room

BSL translation will be provided in all of the talks

In addition, the Waterfront Workshop will host performances of nineteenth century mining ballads by Robert Strafford and Roland Emmanuel at 11am and again at 12:30pm, and readings from literary and historical sources on mining in south Wales at 11:30am and 1pm.

Also present will be:

Glamorgan Family History Society; Jeff Towns, Dylan’s Bookstore (with antiquarian books on mining); Llafur: Welsh People’s History Society; South Wales Coalfield Collection, Swansea University; archive offices from south Wales (Carmarthen, West Glamorgan, and Glamorgan); The National Museum of Wales (mining artefacts); Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation.

People’s Collection Wales will be available to digitise documents and photos brought by visitors and will operate a memory booth at which visitors can have their recollections of the mining industry recorded,

Admission is free and a warm welcome is extended to all

For further details please contact :

Professor Anne Borsay
Research Group for Health, History and Culture 
College of Human and Health Sciences
Vivian Tower (7th Floor)
Swansea University
Tel: +44 (0)1792 295810