On 1st January 1947 the coal industry became nationalised. Britain’s mines were no longer the property of individual coal companies or owners, but were now managed by the National Coal Board (NCB) on behalf of the people.
Throughout 2017, we will be marking the 70th anniversary of the nationalisation of the coal industry with a special exhibition ‘By the People, For the People’. As we look back to the start of this historic event and explore why the mines were nationalised and what it meant for the industry and its workforce, we will also be considering the current debates around nationalisation.
Since 1947 a number of industries and services have been nationalised. We want you to join us as we look at the arguments for and against nationalisation. What would you nationalise or even renationalise today? What would it mean for you? The decision is yours!
There are lots of ways to get involved with the exhibition.