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121, MA200/132/132
Mantle Oral History Project

Speaker: Peace, Aubrey, 1926 - , Interviewee, Male, Coal miner, surface worker;
Speaker: Roberts, T, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes starting work at Snibston pit at fourteen years of age. Explains the jobs he did on the surface, including screening, tipping and check-weighing. Talks about an accident involving Bevin Boys in 1944. Describes different aspects of mining, safety and working hours, including the Mines and Quarries Act. Recalls the differences after "Vesting Day" in 1947 when the mines became Nationalised. Describes his interest in First Aid and entering competitions. Talks about playing cricket and football for local teams and the general lack of leisure time. Comments on the effect of ex-owners becoming managers of the nationalised pits. Talks about the 1971 strike, working as a watchman and being in the Home Guard during the Second World War.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Education: Elementary school
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 2
Father's Occupation: Miner
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Coalville
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 27/2/1992
Playing time: 41 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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