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GLO - people's history online

[image: Front cover of the Picture Post, dated 21 September 1940.]

Front cover of the Picture Post, dated 21 September 1940.

[image: COAL magazine from the National Coal Board]

COAL magazine, produced by the National Coal Board from May 1947. It later became COAL NEWS.

All issues of the magazine Glo are now available on Rhagor.

The style of Glo is based on the photojournalistic magazine Picture Post and compliments the excellent St Fagans publication Homefront, which commemorated Welsh life during the Second World War.

Glo is also similar in appearance to COAL, the National Coal Board's magazine, first published in 1947.

Glo can best be described as a 'people's history' magazine; people are asked to contribute their own views, images and experiences of a particular topic.

A selection of stories and images from the magazines are also available on Rhagor as individual articles, each linking to the relevant issue of Glo.

Issues published to date have been:

  1. 'Bevin Boys': Conscription into the mines during the Second World War
  2. 'NC-Bloody-B' The nationalization of the coal industry
  3. 'All Poles?' Foreign workers in the Welsh coal fields
  4. 'Strike!' The 1984/5 Miners' Strike
  5. Mineworkers
  6. North Wales: The Forgotten Coalfield?
  7. A Cog in the Wheel
  8. Big Pit


Issues are available to download below.


[image: Glo - remembering the war pdf dowload]

Bevin Boys [pdf 5MB]

[image: Glo - National Coal Board pdf dowload]

Glo: 'N C bloody B' [7 MB]

[image: Glo - Foreign workers in the Welsh Coalfields - pdf dowload]

All Poles [pdf 2MB]

[image: GLO - The Miners strike of 1984]

The Miners Strike of 1984 [PDF 2.6 MB]

[image: Minreworkers [4.8 MB]]

Minreworkers [4.8 MB]

[image: Glo]

The forgotten coalfield? [PDF 2MB]

[image: Glo Edition 7 - A Cog in the Wheel]

A Cog in the Wheel [PDF 2.4MB]

[image: Big Pit [PDF 5.4MB]]

Big Pit [PDF 5.4MB]


Article Date: 6 August 2010


Garry palmer on 16 August 2013, 23:25

I know Paul on the back cover of the strike magazine he and my father were on strike at the same time.I remember my father saying he left the pit to work in the Rogerstone aluminium works but went back to the pit because of the comradeship which was very high and everyone had to work together as there lives were at risk working underground . Paul as i remember was a keen
fly angler he sold some trout to my mother.

Graham Davies on 1 July 2013, 10:24

Dear Michael Shinton,
Thank you for your comment, we would be very interested to hear your memories - please email Ceri Thompson with your stories of Gresford Colliery. Many thanks, Graham Davies, Online Curator.

Michael Shinton on 30 June 2013, 23:57

I have a few stories to tell of my time working down Gresford Colliery, who do I send them to.no address or Contact Number of Editor or Secretary.

Harry on 7 May 2013, 14:25


Bob Blackman on 24 February 2012, 19:45

I have recently been lent a hard copy of GLO2 about the Bevin Boys and was delighted to find a downloadable version. My father Dennis was a Bevin Boy at Gilfach Goch and to cut a long story short, by the power of the internet, I have just made contact with the daughter of the family with whom he lodged in 1944. I still have yet to meet her and her family but we already seem to be regular correspondents, including my 82 year old mother.

I will be returning Jackie's hard copy of GLO2 to her. I think she finds it as fascinating as I do and hop she hasn't missed it too much while I've been soaking it up.

lee woolhouse on 8 March 2011, 09:42

my grt grandad (fred woolhouse)is pictured on the front cover of the 1st edition of the coal magazine.he is also in the book called LIFE OF A COALMINER.

Amgueddfa Cymru on 22 February 2011, 09:59

Dear Sam Morgan,
Thank you for your comment. We do hold paper copies of Glo that we can send to you free of charge. Please let me know what issue you require and a postal address. Alternatively we hold copies at Big Pit National Coal Museum should you wish to collect copies in person.

Many thanks,

Ms Sam Morgan on 21 February 2011, 11:24

Hi.I don't have a computer.I am an impoverished dinosaur.Can I buy these in paper form at the museum/pre order + collect/mail order ? Please.I have a clever phone but no pdf or big memory storage.E-mail--s.k.morgan@orange.net--Thankyou.Sam

David Tonks on 10 November 2008, 13:51

Three very interesting magazines. I will be mentioning them in the new edition of 'My Ancestor was a Coalminer' (due 2009), but why no link directly from the Big Pit site? It was only by chance that I found them!

lee woolhouse on 3 November 2008, 12:14

the picture on the front of coal magazine first ever copy is my grt grt grandad.fredrick woolhouse he was also awarded MAN OF THE MINE.He was also featured in a book called LIFE IN THE YORKSHIRE COALFIELD by david joy..
thanks lee

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