‘“This is the country of premature old men”: Ageing and Aged Miners in the South Wales Coalfield, c.1880-1947’

Awduron Sefydliadau
Math Erthygl
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)587-606
CyfnodolynCultural and Social History
Rhif y cyfnodolyn4
Dangosyddion eitem ddigidol (DOIs)
StatwsE-gyhoeddi cyn argraffu - 24 Maw 2016
Arddangos ystadegau lawrlwytho
Gweld graff cysylltiadau
Fformatau enwi


This article considers the effects of work in the south Wales coal industry either side of the turn of the twentieth century and, specifically, the ways in which work aged workers prematurely. It examines the consequences of working practices for miners’ bodies, the expedients utilized by miners to try and cope with the effects of premature ageing, and the consequences for their living standards, experiences and status. It situates these phenomena in the contexts of industrial relations and welfare provision. In so doing, the article engages with historiographies of the life-cycle, the aged, and pensions provision in modern Britain.