Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Smith, Peter, 1929 - , Interviewee, Male, Apprentice; Drawing office estimator;
Speaker: Roberts, T., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about the Leicestershire Retired Miners' Leisure Club and what it offers to members, in detail. Recalls his first job as an apprentice at Pegson's, before becoming an estimator in the drawing office. Describes move to work for the National Coal Board (NCB) in 1957 due to better promotion prospects. Worked in Capital Expenditure Office at Coleorton Hall, describes the restructuring and investment in mining in Leicestershire during 1950s. Continues with details of modernisation and work for the Internal Audit Office from 1962 to 1981. Describes working relations with pit managers. Talks about the miners' strikes of 1972, 1974 and 1984 and the Union of Democratic Miners. Also talks about the pit closures, open cast mining and the effects of redundancy on Coalville and its people.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1 Daughters: 1
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s,
Recording Date: 19/8/1991
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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