Dr. Andrew Perchard is Research Fellow at the University for the Highlands and Islands Centre for History Scotland. He is a research associate of the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde, and for the Centre for the Social History of Healthcare, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, as well as a visiting oral historian at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Strathclyde. Dr. Perchard is the author of a number of articles about the coal industry and managers in Scotland, and is currently writing a history of the Scottish aluminum industry which will be published by Carnegie Publishing in February 2009.2007 0-7734-5454-3
This book seeks to redress the exclusion of colliery managers and other mining professionals from the history of British, and particularly Scottish, coal industries. This is accomplished by examining these groups within the most crucial period of their ascendancy in the Scottish coal mining industry, 1930-1966. This work seeks to place such persons within their context and to examine their roles, statuses and behaviours through their relationships with employees and the execution of their functions, also examining their terms and conditions of employment, the outlook of their professional associations, and that of their union. Through all this, Dr. Perchard illustrates how this growing consciousness amongst managerial employees in the industry was accompanied by an intense public discussion, within the mining professions, over their future shape, principles and occupational standards.