NEEMARC, since 1994, has ensured the collation, preservation and storage
of trade union records from the Durham Miners' Association and the
National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers
(NACODS), in partnership with the Institute of Mining and Mechanical
Engineers and the University of Sunderland.
This makes the documents available for all researchers, free of charge.
Access began with walk- in library usage, and in 2013 some of the records
have been digitized and available online.
A wide range of public users, regional, national and international, has
drawn upon this archive, enabling the development and reinforcement of
family, community and regional identities.
The North East of England has seen a rapid decline in traditional heavy
industry, leading to high levels of unemployment. The Business School
recognised that traditional pedagogies were less than effective at
engaging managers within the region, and developed a programme of on-going
research to inform management curriculum development. Initially the
research focused on developing an innovative model of work-based learning,
and has subsequently developed into four core themes of professional
identity, inter-professional working, creativity and coaching. This case
study describes the developments since 2001 and the resulting impact since
2008 on policy, local business and individuals.