NCB flag raised at Cinder Hill Pit, 1947.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of miners from Cinder Hill pit in Nottinghamshire watching the National Coal Board flag being hoisted at a reception following nationalisation, taken by Jones for the Daily Herald newspaper on 5 January, 1947. 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.