Some say the Miners strike 30 years ago was the closest this country came to civil war. East Midlands pits were the battleground. Coach loads of pickets clashed with police and working miners who had defied the strike call.
For the third of our anniversary special reports, our Political Correspondent Alison Mackenzie spoke to Cabinet Minister and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin. Today he's the Secretary of State for Transport. In 1984 he was a working miner.
Bassetlaw MP John Mann has campaigned to have free coal allowance payments re-instated for miners.
Today he welcomed news of a government U-turn, saying that, for many ex-miners and their widows, the allowance was essential.
For 35 years, John Brennan worked as a miner in North Nottinghamshire.
When he was made redundant 8 years ago, one consolation was that he would continue to receive a free coal allowance.
A few months ago he got the news that it was being taken away. The allowance for John and hundreds like him was removed following the collapse of UK Coal earlier this year.
But today during a trip to Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire, the Chancellor George Osborne announced the government was re-instating the allowance.
John Brennan says it's a huge relief.
If you haven't found something after 70 years of looking, usually, you'd assume it was lost forever, but not for one ex-minor in the Peak District.
Peter Harrison has been searching his Cavern in Treak Cliff since 1945 after being told about a rare vein of Blue John Stone. Now, it's was found by his Grandson. Michael Sibert has more.
Do you know your "shufty" from your "shifter"? Or a "Dudley" from a "Digger"? If you do, the chances are you were once a miner in the East Midlands.
With most of the coal industry gone from the area, so too have the words and phrases used by miners themselves. But now there's a move to make sure so-called "pit talk" is preserved. Andy Bevan explains.
With most of the coal industry gone from the area, so too have the words and phrases used by miners themselves.
But now there is a move to make sure so-called "pit talk" is preserved.
Like many tight-knit groups, miners developed their own slang called pit-talk, with words and phrases that were a mystery to outsiders.
If you have links with mining and the East Midlands collieries and can share any examples of pit talk, you can contact the team by emailing Natalie.firstname.lastname@example.org