Get involved with the Miners’ Strike Stories Filming Day
The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign are inviting striking miners, their wives, partners, families, friends and anyone who supported them, to come and speak on camera about their favourite stories – sad, funny, inspiring, or anything they wish to share from the time.
People will be able to browse the NUM banner collection in the Miners Hall and see images from artist Darren Coffield’s Ashes and Diamonds exhibition. Tea and Coffee will be provided.
Joe Rollin, Deputy Chair of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign said: “We are really excited to be hosting this event. In 1984/5 the police occupied mining villages throughout Britain during the strike, organised road blocks to stop the movement of pickets, were verbally and physically abusive and violent towards miners and our communities, wrongfully arrested and framed hundreds of miners and behaved with impunity. All this was organised and backed by the Tory Government who were hell bent on smashing the Trade Unions.”
John Dunn, a miner assaulted and arrested during the strike said: “OTJC has learned from and been inspired by campaigning through the years:
*The importance of solidarity, standing together and supporting each other;
*How adversity can often bring out the artistic and creative characters of humans through song, theatre, music, art, literature and crafts such as banner making;
*How well humans can organise through communication e.g. articles, speeches, social media and big gatherings such as rallies and demonstrations;
*The importance of documenting our social and political history for people to learn from it.”
Kate Flannery, Secretary of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign said: “Women Against Pit Closures was a movement supporting miners, families and communities. One of the main reasons the Miners’ Strike of 1984–5 was able to continue for as long as it did was because of this support network. Women established groups early on in the year-long strike, in mining communities, in towns and cities throughout Britain and in other countries. We’d love to hear stories from the women involved.”
The filming day will be held on:
Saturday 7th December 10am–4pm
2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley S70 2LS
Link to more information about the filming day including images and posters:
Link to information about Darren Coffield and Ashes and Diamonds: