Ollerton Colliery bras band, Nottinghamshire, 1947.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of the Ollerton Colliery bras band leading a procesion of miners at the Cinder Hill pit, taken by Jones for the Daily Herald newspaper on 5 January, 1947. The banner of the National Coal Board is carried prominently, in celebration of the recent nationalisation of the pit. 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.