This film is part of Free

Deep Dig

Epic undertaking at Bevercotes Colliery, digging 3000 feet to reach untapped coal seams in Nottinghamshire.

Documentary 1957 20 mins


This stirring and beautifully shot film proclaims "Over a million tons of coal will be brought to the surface every year for 100 years". Politics intervened - and it closed in 1993, less than 40 years after opening. Kitty Marshall, credited as "compiling" this film, worked at the National Coal Board Film Unit for 30 years, mainly as an editor and producer. She later spoke of her work: "I adored it. I liked miners. You went down a pit, you could talk to anybody and they know what was going on".