National Coal Mining Museum – Trustees needed

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is seeking to appoint a number of further Trustees to its Board to help guide the strategic and financial development of the Museum. The Museum is entering an exciting time as it looks to meet its potential both now and in the future. The Trustees play a key role in supporting the Museum’s staff and volunteers to ensure the unique visitor experience and nationally important collections  are developed to ‘Keep Coal Mining Alive’ for future generations. Details of our wide-range of activities, programmes, research and events can be found at www.ncm.org.uk

With a proven track record, you will be a strategic thinker, able to speak your mind and have the time and skills to commit to this important role. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and are particularly keen to hear from candidates with a background in one or more of the following:

  • Health & Safety, ideally relating to mines
  • Experience of developing sustainable funding models to reduce reliance on government funding
  • Knowledge of the local region
  • Income generation

Trustee positions are unremunerated voluntary positions – reasonable travel and subsistence expenses can be reimbursed. Time commitment is approximately 12 – 18 days per year and meeting take place at the Museum in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Application is by CV stating relevant experience and a letter detailing why you are interested in volunteering as a Trustee with the Museum. CV and letters should be emailed to the HR Manager at katharine.morley@ncm.org.uk by the closing date of Friday 09.09.2016.

OTJC at Wortley Festival

If you can get along to the South Yorkshire Festival this Sunday, 14 August at Wortley Hall, 12.00-5.00,  the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign have a stall. The Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom have a meeting in the Henry Collins Room at Wortley Hall at 3.00pm:
Speaker Nick Jones veteran BBC journalist on International Solidarity and the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike
PLUS exhibition on same theme including photographs by Sheffield-based Martin Jenkinson. Admission free.
Picture: Cover French Canadian pamphlet produced in support of the UK miners. Courtesy NUM archives.
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Giant screens on Sheffield Parkway demand Orgreave justice

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From 9.00am on Friday 29 July, and for seven days afterwards two giant screens on the sides of the Sheffield Parkway are transmitting a powerful message to the tens of thousands of passing drivers.

For fifteen seconds every minute up to midnight drivers will see the striking statement, designed by Manchester-based Craig Oldham, and the son of one of the miners arrested and charged at Orgreave.  It has the pictures of Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd on either side of the screen with the text ‘Promises, Promises: Orgreave Justice Now’.At the bottom of the screen are Tweet @ukhomeoffice and email amber.ruddmp@parliament.uk

This unusual but dramatic initiative was made possible through two sponsors, Dorothy and Alan Hides, who approached the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) on 18 June this year to offer their support.  They were at the big rally held at Orgreave to renew the call for a public inquiry and to remember the infamous events which took place there thirty two years ago.

OTJC Secretary Barbara Jackson said, ’We’re extremely grateful for their support for this initiative, which is a first for us. We have been great at getting our message out to the media and on social media but to have our campaign so prominently displayed on the Sheffield Parkway, and so close to where the grim events at Orgreave took place during the miners’ strike, is tremendous.’

She added, ‘This initiative takes place against the background of our frustration with the lack of a decision from the former Home Secretary over a public inquiry into policing at Orgreave during the strike. We now have a meeting with the new Home Secretary planned for September but we urge the public to contact here to express their support for a public inquiry.’

Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign – Another debate in the House of Lords on Orgreave Wednesday 20th July

In all the attention paid to Theresa May’s first Prime minster’s Question Time last Wednesday 20th July and Jeremy Corbyn/Andy Burnham question and debate on Orgreave with Amber Rudd, the new Home Secretary there was a parallel debate going on in the House of Lords again initiated by Lord Balfe ‘s urgent question on a full public inquiry into Orgreave.

Orgreave Public Inquiry

Here is an email that our supporter Tom Rowland sent to Amber Rudd. He has promised to share any response he receives.

Dear Ms Rudd,
just a few years ago I saw TV film footage of the police and pickets trouble at the Orgreave coking plant on the Sheffield and Rotherham boundary on June 18th 1984/85. What shocked me in particular was the behaviour of the South Yorkshire Police. It appeared that the whole of the South Yorkshire Police actions were militarily organised. The way the South Yorkshire Police ranks which was several lines deep opened in unison to allow  South Yorkshire Police with truncheon, which on horse back are longer than standard issue so they are able to strike people stood on the ground, to charge in cavalry formation at pickets dressed in trainers, jeans and tee-shirts. The mounted  South Yorkshire Police were not used to prevent the pickets from blocking the lorries from entering the coking plant but a deliberate act to injure the pickets legal industrial action. I’ve spoken to miners who were there on that day they say they were chased by the mounted South Yorkshire Police for  some considerable distance  they’re only escape was to hide behind walls and trees again this can be verified by TV film coverage. I cannot believe the actions of South Yorkshire Police if I’d seen this police action on TV and not known the country it had occurred in I would have thought it had happened in some dictatorial country.
I watched the Orgreave debate in the House of Commons and was extremely please that you  had contacted the Orgreave Truth and Justice secretary Barbara Jackson saying that you would study the IPCC report into the policing by the South Yorkshire Police at Orgreave. I would request that a full public inquiry be set up to investigate the whole of the Orgreave action.
 Yours sincerely
Tom Rowland.