The Struggle for Survival in the
Coalfield Communities of Britain
by Ken Coates and Michael Barratt Brown
In 1992, Michael Heseltine announced that the vast majority of British coalmines were going to close. We immediately recognised what dire consequences there would be for the local economy of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire if this plan went ahead. This book, published in 1997, examines some alternatives created by local people and some of the difficulties which they have experienced. It looks at the sources of official funding and finds them inadequate to meet the needs of the coalfield communities.