The role of the miners and munitions workers in World War II

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This educational video, with footage from Cam near Dursley, and photographs from Wales, shows the importance miners and munitions workers played in World War II.

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Llantrisant Freeman supports war memorial campaign

ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop restored the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.
ART ACTION: Jonathan Bishop restored the underpass in Treforest as part of the Emotivate Project. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited.

A Freeman of Llantrisant has given his support to calls for a dedicated war memorial in the town.

Freeman Jonathan Bishop was instrumental in the campaign to install a war memorial in Pontypridd, when as the town councillor for Treforest he seconded fellow councillor Colin Gregory’s motion for the plans, including getting a commitment for it to be part funded by public subscription.

Jonathan Bishop is the brains behind the Emotivate Project, which is seeking to install a mural at the Woodland Walk underpass in Efail Isaf, based on young people’s ideas of war and peace.

Freeman Bishop says that in addition, he wants a war memorial to go beyond military personnel. “Many people in South Wales died during the Second World War from working underground in the mines, as well as in the munitions factories,” he said. “My grandfather was the Freeman of Llantrisant who founded the Llantrisant Workingmen’s Club and I would not be here today had he not met my grandmother who was working in the same munitions factory after he finished his duties as a Gunner in the Battle of the Atlantic.”

REMEMBERING HEROS: Freeman Jonathan Bishop supports war memorials for both the traditional armies and those that worked on the land and in the mines. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited
REMEMBERING HEROS: Freeman Jonathan Bishop supports war memorials for both the traditional armies and those that worked on the land and in the mines. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Freeman Bishop says it was not just his Llantrisant grandfather who was part of the World War II campaign. “My other grandfather was a miner, who along with other miners were essential the fueling the war effort,” he said. “I therefore fully support the call for a lasting war memorial on the castle green in Llantrisant, and would like a commitment for all those who died during conscription, whether on or under the land, to be recognised also.

Jonathan Bishop speaks at diaspora conference

Internet trolling and cyber-bullying expert, Jonathan Bishop, has spoken at Cardiff University’s Diaspora beyond nationalism conference.

Jonathan Bishop, who edited the book ‘Examining the Concepts, Issues and Implications of Internet Trolling,’ made a speech on how Twitter users responded to the 2015 migrant crisis. The speech was entitled: “Sex and age biases in Tweets relating to the 2015 migration crisis.

Jonathan Bishop with Idil Abdi Osman
FEELING THE TWEET: Jonathan Bishop (pictured with Idil Adbi Osman) discusses the reaction of Twitter users to the Migration crisis. Courtesy: Jonathan Bishop Limited

Jonathan Bishop, of the Centre for Research into Online Communities and E-Learning Systems, undertook the research, expecting to find references to “women and children first” and that male migrants were “young,” “fit” and “strong.” He did find this, but one Tweet changed the course of his thinking. It read: “If millions of young men had fled Europe instead of fighting Nazi Germany what would Europe be today?”

As Jonathan Bishop explains, his findings have public policy implications. “My view is now that the strong should fight and the weak and vulnerable should be protected,” he said. “Some women are stronger than some men, but all children are vulnerable.
The question therefore needs to be asked: In the same way the Zionist Organisation used World War II as an opportunity to promote the merits of a Jewish diaspora into the Holy Land, is this crisis being used by the strong in Syria as an excuse to go where they think the grass is greener?

Dr Idil Osman is a researcher in the diasporic media involvement in Somali conflict at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. “Jonathan’s presentation on age and sex biases on Twitter with regards to tweets about the migration crisis was timely and informative,” she said. “It shed light into an under-researched area of social media which for us as media scholars was quite refreshing insightful to listen to.