┆The collection includes:
* papers relating to the running of the Union (correspondence, reports, minutes of committee meetings including the General Committee, Council, Lodges, Safety Committee and Disputes Committee, subscriptions and conferences)
* papers relating to wages (negotiations, agreements, incentive schemes, overtime, bonuses, average earnings reports)
* papers relating to assistance and welfare funds (pension schemes, death funds, retirement funds, benevolent funds)
* papers relating to operations (technical information, equipment instructions, notices, memos, price agreements, norm studies, assessments of performance, plans and diagrams)
* papers relating to health and safety (accident and injury reports, medical reports including pneumoconiosis, inspections, accident reduction, personal protective equipment)
* papers relating to social events (Miners' Gala, dinners, fundraisers, welfare and sports clubs)
* papers relating to the Five Day Week Agreement, 1947-57 (correspondence, agreements, interpretations, reports)
* papers relating to the North East Leicestershire Coalfield (Vale of Belvoir), 1977-80 (planning applications, public enquiry, press releases, reports, maps and aerial views)
┆The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was formed in 1945 from the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, itself founded in 1888. It is a trade union for coal miners, and fought for better wages, holidays, pensions and working conditions. Within the organisation, each coalfield continued to exercise a degree of autonomy, having its own district association, president, general secretary, and headquarters.
The Leicestershire Miners’ Association was founded in 1887 as the Coalville and District Miners’ Association. It became part of Leicestershire NUM when the national union formed in 1945.The Leicestershire Coalfield covered Bagworth, Ellistown, Merry Lees, Desford, South Leicester, Snibston, New Lount, Nailstone and Whitwick’s two mines; onto Asfordby Mine, near Melton. When that closed in 1997, Leicestershire miners worked in Nottingham, Coventry and Yorkshire pits. The NUM Leicester Branch continued to support members for many years after the closure of local pits, but is now closed.