Miners’ Strike Memories

A selection of pictures taken during the 1984/5 Miners strike mainly from the Shardlows Factory and in and around Barnsley and Sheffield.

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Mike Harding supporting the Women Against Pit Closures at the Worsbrough, Miners Welfare 1984.

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Shardlows canteen, Christmas 1984.

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A group of Silverwood Pit lads, taken in London.

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On this day, several factories walked out and marched into Sheffield in support of the miners.

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Shardlows workers paid 50p per week each week throughout the strike. Anne Scargill and her colleagues came down to the factory each Friday to collect the money. It was fish and chip day in the canteen, so they had their lunch with us.

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Rally in Barnsley.

Unite Community Supports The OTJC

The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (OTJC) is seeking truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire on 18 June 1984.

NEY&H Unite has supported OTJC since it started in November 2012. Joe Rollin has been the link between the two organisations. “I attended the first meeting. You can’t be sure things will take off but everyone who took on a job carried out the task and within weeks it was apparent the campaign was generating significant support across the region amongst trade unionists and many sections of the community.

“Unite is involved because we have links to many miners’ organisations and Women Against Pit Closures. OTJC is about social justice and is connected to the defeat of the trade union movement in the 1980s from which we still have to recover. We must learn the lessons from the past to make sure of the victories of the future.

“One of the highlights last year was the major picnic that was organised at Orgreave in June and which clearly annoyed the police as they felt it necessary to fly their helicopter over the entirely peaceful proceedings below.

“Entering 2015 we are waiting to hear from the Independent Police Complaints Commission as to whether they intend going ahead with a full investigation. OTJC wants a public inquiry and will continue to campaign for this whatever the IPCC decide.

“Many people reading this will be aware that Orgreave and the 1989 Hillsborough football disaster were both policed by South Yorkshire Police. OTJC has made strong links with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, whose spokesperson is my Unite Community counterpart in the North West, Sheila Coleman. This has meant I have been able to do interviews from South Yorkshire about Hillsborough whilst Sheila has done interviews in her region about Orgreave.”

Miners celebrated at National Mining Museum exhibition by Battle for Orgreave film maker by Yvette Hanson

Some links to press publicity for Yvette Hanson’s upcoming ‘Miners’ exhibition at the National Coal Mining Museum.

 

Lodged within our DNA

Two hundred and two thousand men worked in Britain’s deep-mine collieries in 1984. In February 2015 the final three collieries – Kellingley in North Yorkshire, Hadfield in South Yorkshire and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire – are under imminent threat of closure.

In the latest edition of Cold Type, Granville Williams asks, on the 30th anniversary of the end of the UK Miners’ Strike, why the epic struggle still resonates?

Go to page 36 to read the full article: ColdType.0215

Martin Jenkinson Images

10410690_791764884204976_1319379190095780486_nJuztine Jenkinson is setting up a new venture to run her father, Martin Jenkinson’s image library full time. He is well known for his iconic images of the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.

Juztine says, “I am going to have a go at running my Dad’s image library full time as I have regularly been receiving orders for prints, use of images in books, exhibitions etc and want to give all this my full attention. I also intend to thoroughly go through the archives to help me promote the fact that he had a lot more than the miner’s strike images. I’m really looking forward to this, my new venture which will allow me to give my Dad’s legacy the attention it deserves.

MJ Images can be contacted by email or by visiting their Facebook page.

Sheffield Central Library Display

Photographs and memorabilia relating to the 1984/5 Miners Strike are currently on display in Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street , 1st Floor until the end of January 2015. This 30th Anniversary display includes photographs taken by the late Martin Jenkinson, books,  badges and T-shirts etc.  Please go along and see this free exhibition and encourage others to go.  The display has been put together by Kate Flannery and Juztine Jenkinson.

Still the enemy within: Wortley Hall

On Wed. Feb. 18th Wortley Hall is screening the award winning documentary about the miners’ strike, “Still the Enemy Within”. This is a screening encouraged by Barnsley Trades Council.
Their venue holds about 100  and they have already sold 50 tickets so it is likely to sell out. I would like to encourage you to come and see the film yourself if you have not yet seen it (or want to see it again!) Please forward this to trade unionists and activists you know in the Penistone area particularly.
They are starting the evening at 6pm with pie and peas and the film will start at 7.30pm.
The film continues to attract big audiences: there were 60 last Friday at Montgomery hall in Wath and it is featuring at a Canadian documentary film festival this month.Still the Enemy Within