Tyldesley Pit NCB opening ceremony, 1947.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of the ceremony marking the takeover by the National Coal Board of Tyldesley Pit in Lancashire, taken by White for the Daily Herald newspaper on 5 January, 1947. Mr H Walmsley is speaking to a crowd gathered to watch after the unveiling of a new colliery sign. The Coal Industry Nationalisation Act came into force in 1946 with the National Coal Board charged to administer the industry by a Labour government keen to give miners better working conditions and encourage higher productivity. This photograph has been selected from the Daily Herald Archive, a collection of over three million photographs. The archive holds work of international, national and local importance by both staff and agency photographers.