One thing I didn’t write about my visit to Blaenavon World Heritage Site was the abandoned caravan parked around a corner, slightly off the site’s main walkway. The caravan didn’t seem to belong to the Heritage Site as such.
But in the window of the caravan there was a type-written flyer from 1985 on display. Along with details of the prize draw, the flyer addressed the question of the rumoured ‘drift back to work’ and explains why ‘scab’ is an appropriate metaphor for the miners who did return before Arthur Scargill had given them the all-clear. It’s full of vitriol and desperation.
I don’t know whether it is an official exhibit or not, but it conveyed the awful nature of the end of the industry perfectly.