The following is a list of brochures and publications which have been published and released by the N.C.B., British Coal, colliery management and others at Hatfield Colliery since the 1970's.
Hatfield Newsletter / Hotline
The main section covers Hatfield Newsletters from 1970 to 1993. These are wonderful historical records showing different approaches to communication between management and workforce and document the changes between the mine being part of a nationalised industry to a privately owned colliery. They are also interspersed with additions from the men who worked at the pit and there are many photographs showing the teams of men who worked the faces and lips, as well as members of the colliery staff over this period.
One such contributor was John Davison, the colliery Surface Superintendent for over thirty years. John was, and still is, a prolific poet, and you'll find a few of his Yorkshire dialect poems in these newsletters. John released another book of his work last year and I hope to add some of his poems to this site in the near future.
Brochures & Reports
The second section has two reports from South Yorkshire Coal, who operated the mine for the last few years of the nationalised industry. They show that even in those dark days of mass pit closures that the management believed there was still a future for coal.
Other brochures in this collection are communications between management and workforce explaining new working practices for working with the latest heavy machinery on newly equipped coal faces.
The Open Day of July 1977 booklet is a copy of a brochure I had but which I have since lost. If you or anyone you know has a copy laying around which you would like to donate, then I assure you it would be gratefully received!
The final three pdfs are copies of an 'underground' magazine produced at the colliery by a section of the workforce. 'Hot Gossip' was hated by the management and loved by the men for its anarchic humour and wit. At the moment I have only these three pdf files but I hope to find more and add them in the future.
Some publications are absent from this list and we would like to hear from anyone who has any material which they think will fill the gaps or will otherwise be suitable for inclusion on this page.
Your browser should be able to open these pdf files, but you can also right click on a link and select 'Save Target As...' to save a copy on your hard drive. You'll need Adobe Acrobat to view the files. The average size of these pdfs is around 3Mb, with the largest 'Newsletters Apr 1990' weighing in at a over 22Mb, but that particular file has the added bonus of containing a collection of newspaperclips that were of interest at that time.
Many thanks go to Alg Liutkevicius for all his help and for providing me with so many photographs and documents. I believe this is an important addition to this web site and if not for Alg these newsletters would have long since disappeared.
A thread has been added to the Stainforthonline STH Forum where these items and the photographs and memories they contain can be discussed. If you see anyone you know please go to the forum and tell everyone about it!