Badges are an important way of showing a person's allegiance to a particular cause or interest. They can also commemorate a particular event.

There are many examples of badges connected to the coal industry. These badges were usually produced during industrial disputes or following mining disasters and were often sold to raise funds.

The greatest number of badges were produced during and after the 1984-85 miners' strike. They came in various shapes and colours but usually gave the name of the National Union of Mineworkers (N.U.M.) Lodge or area, as well as a particular symbol. This could be an icon of the mining industry such as a lamp, headgear, crossed pick and shovel; or an example of working class symbolism such as clasped hands, broken chains and the scales of justice. In addition, badges produced in Wales often include a red dragon or a leek.

The Industry Department of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales has collected several hundred examples of these badges. Some are on display at Big Pit National Coal Museum and examples can be seen on our Images of Industry collections database.

If you would like further information, you may be interested to read 'Enamel Badges of the National Union of Mineworkers' by Brian Witts (2008).

Click on the thumbnail below for a selection of Badges from our Images of Industry collections database.

Comments(5)

D Blair
23 January 2019, 00:02
I have a collections of miners pins and badges. Would any one be interested in buying them. 60
Bill Shaw
4 April 2018, 15:47

WANTED.....
MINERS BADGES...
Full collection or single items for my personal collection. anything considered.

Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
19 February 2018, 09:56

Hi there Lee

I'm so sorry to hear that your collection was stolen. We would recommend contacting your local auction house, as they will be best placed to give advice on the purchasing of antiques and collectibles.

Best wishes

Sara
Digital Team

Lee hodkin
15 February 2018, 20:11
Would like to buy strike badges had all mine stolen when burgled
20 February 2017, 15:48
Any miners strike badges for sale

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