‘The Dawn of the New Era’ is the slogan on the Risca Lodge banner, which was made just before the nationalisation of the coal mining industry in 1947. The image on the banner is a sun rising and reflects the hope for the future.

At least 50 miners’ banners are known to have existed in South Wales and many of them are preserved at the South Wales Miners’ Library at Swansea University. Over the years, the banners have been used in protests, marches and demonstrations, including during the 1972, 1974 and 1984-85 miners’ strikes.

The miners’ banners provide a rich source of social history and provide a unique and powerful insight into our collective history and tradition. 

Led by: Sian Williams (Head of Special Collections & Librarian, South Wales Miners’ Library) 
In partnership with: South Wales Miners' Library; National Waterfront Museum; National Union of Mineworkers

Get involved! Design your very own banner!

We'd love you to get involved and share photos of your own banners with us! Watch our video, download the template and get creative!


You can share your photos anytime between 12-22 November and we'll add your banners to our exhibition!

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