Banners illustrate many of the struggles that communities have faced. For more than 150 years, banners have been carried in rallies, marches and demonstrations, in processions, parades, meetings, picnics and funerals throughout the whole of Wales.
The South Wales Miners’ Library holds 39 banners in its South Wales Coalfield Collection www.swansea.ac.uk/swcc These are mostly National Union of Mineworker Lodges from the South Wales Area.
They evoke our parents’ and grandparents’ struggles and beliefs, and our aspirations for the future – Sian Williams, Librarian
A selection of banners are always on display at the Miners’ Library.
Currently we have Werntarw Lodge and Newlands Lodge on display.
Werntarw Lodge Banner (c.1958)
Slogan: Unity is Strength (both sides)
A yellow circle with a miner’s lamp, a leek and a colliery winding tower, depicting the emblem of the National Union of Mineworkers, South Wales Area (back)
This was the first Trade Union Banner to appear on the picket line outside Pentonville Jail in support of the five dockers leaders imprisoned in July 1972.
Newlands Lodge Banner (c.1964)
Slogan: Lest We Forget (both sides)
On the left of the banner are two miners down a mine, and on the right a picture of Will Paynter, NUM (South Wales Area) President. Both pictures are joined to the slogan by chains (back)
A yellow circle with a miner’s lamp, a leek and a colliery winding tower, depicting the emblem of the National Union of Mineworkers, South Wales Area (back).
Please call in and view them, the library is open to all.