To celebrate Big Pit’s 35th Anniversary and to deliver this year’s Annual Lecture, we are honoured to welcome back Brian Davies, Big Pit’s first Research Assistant and Education Officer.
The lecture will look at what welsh coal was used for and where it was exported.
South Wales exported a larger proportion of its coal than any other British coalfield, and for three quarters of a century its main market was France. Miners’ wages went up or down depending on the selling price of coal at Cardiff docks, so when the French exports were doing well miners were well paid. This trade began the link between Cardiff and Nantes that eventually led to the twinning of the two cities. The coal export trade to France was essential for South Wales, and this is the story of how it started.
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