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The 1926 Miners' Lockout: Meanings of Community in the Durham Coalfield

Hester Barron


The lockout of 1926 was a pivotal moment in British twentieth‐century history. Opening with the heady days of the general strike, it continued for seven months and affected one million miners. In County Durham, where almost three in every ten adult men worked in the coal industry, its impact was profound. This book explores the way that the lockout was experienced by Durham's miners and their families. It investigates collective values and behaviour, focusing particularly on the tensions between identities based around class and occupation, and the rival identities that could cut across the cr ... More

Keywords: County Durham, miners, coal, community, class, 1926, lockout, strike, identity, collective action

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199575046
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199575046.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hester Barron, author
Lecturer in History, University of Sussex
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