This book provides a fascinating history of opencast coalmining in Britain from the Second World War up until the early 1990s. Illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings and maps, the contents include:
Chapters and Appendices
BEGINNINGS: The Father of Opencasting; Acorn to Oak; Opencast's Chief Officers; Opencast's First Chief Officer; A Key Name; Life in the Early Days; Opencast Sites Worked by Sir Alfred McAlpine and Son 1943-1962; Steam and Sunshine.
SURVIVAL: View from the Top.
REGULATIONS: Licensed Opencasting.
RESTORATION: No 'Flowers' Bloom Here?; Co-operation was the Key; Capability Coal; Village on the Move.
DISPOSAL POINTS: A Royal Catastrophe, Leading Figures, and Early Coal Distribution.
EXCAVATION: The First Sites - Bedgreave Wood, Orchard; Alongside an English Valley; Atop a Welsh Mountain; The First Contractors; Memories of Childhood; Helping Deep Mines; Views in the 1970s; Archaeological Bonus.
WALKING DRAGLINES: Stobswood Leads the Way; Size, Swearing and Sweets; Life in the 1990s.
INNOVATION: Site with a Difference; A Unique Scottish Venture.
THE WAY FORWARD
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
Sunshine Miners - Opencast Coalmining in Britain 1942-1992, by Peter N. Grimshaw
Published by British Coal in 1992, 112 pages. Large A4 size paperback (N7904)