This source ‘Britain’s Coal for Britain’s Future’ the

This source is valuable to a historian studying the Miners’
Strike of 1984 as it clearly depicts the miners’ reasons for the strike. The
coal industry in Britain in the 1980s was in long term decline and the prime
minister, Margaret Thatcher, was unwilling to put further money into an
industry with little chance of recovering its place in a competitive market {reference something about the
miners’ strike website or something}. As shown with the heading of the
source ‘Britain’s Coal for Britain’s Future’ the miners, led by Arthur
Scargill, believed that large parts of the coal industry were still profitable
and needed more investment especially with parts of the country dependent on
the industry such as South Wales and Yorkshire.  The source is useful due to the nature of the
source being a mug produced by the National Board of Mineworkers (NUM) during
the high tensions between the government and the miners. The main focus of the
source is on the central image of a miner with his wife and two children
situated below, this is useful as it personifies the miners case showing an
ordinary family looking hesitant about their future due to pit closures around
the country. This is also due to generations of families working in the coal
industry, thus through showing a family it creates sympathy for the uncertain
future of the family if mining were to stop. This source is significant as the
relationship between the miners and the government were key social tensions
within the 1980s, which is further demonstrated with the last heading of the
source stating ‘Striking for Justice 1972 1974 1984′ which makes reference to
two other key moments in the miners battle to survive such as the battle
between the miners and the then prime minister Edward Heath in 1972 and the three-day
week in 1974 {reference
something from the web} . However, while the source is useful when
presenting the miners’ reasons for the strikes, the value of the source is
limited as it only portrays the miners’ case showing a one-sided view on the
strikes, and not representing the whole picture.