Child Labor at the coal mine. Turn of the century. Poor thing. I think these images evoke a lot of emotions since a lot of us have kids or siblings with kids this age.

Child Labor at the coal mine. Turn of the century. Poor thing. I think these images evoke a lot of emotions since a lot of us have kids or siblings with kids this age.

:::::::: Vintage Photograph :::::::: Sunshine through Sorrow. Coal miner's daughter, Yorkshire, UK, 1952, by Carl Mydans

:::::::: Vintage Photograph :::::::: Sunshine through Sorrow. Coal miner's daughter, Yorkshire, UK, 1952, by Carl Mydans

Old Miners Lamp. I found 3 of these at the mine where my Dad worked. The boss let me keep them. They were old and neglected. When i was older I took great pride repairing two of them using the parts from the third. Cleaned them up and got them working again. #memories

Old Miners Lamp. I found 3 of these at the mine where my Dad worked. The boss let me keep them. They were old and neglected. When i was older I took great pride repairing two of them using the parts from the third. Cleaned them up and got them working again. #memories

A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

Miners leader Arthur Scargill arrested at Orgreave, May 1984 .the miners strike

Miners leader Arthur Scargill arrested at Orgreave, May 1984 .the miners strike

There were more miners strikes in the early 80s due to a mass closure of pits, I remember the passion and resentment of the miners as they battled to keep their jobs. This is a poem written by a miners wife.

There were more miners strikes in the early 80s due to a mass closure of pits, I remember the passion and resentment of the miners as they battled to keep their jobs. This is a poem written by a miners wife.

Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits' - Wales Online

Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits'

Margaret Thatcher 'lied to miners about jobs and the extent of her plans to close pits' - Wales Online

In 1984 Martin Shakeshaft spent 12 months photographing the Miners' Strike in the UK. The dispute started when the Conservative government, led by Margaret Thatcher, announced the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire. This was to be the first of 20 pit closures with the loss of 20,000 jobs. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) responded by calling for a national strike.

In 1984 Martin Shakeshaft spent 12 months photographing the Miners' Strike in the UK. The dispute started when the Conservative government, led by Margaret Thatcher, announced the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire. This was to be the first of 20 pit closures with the loss of 20,000 jobs. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) responded by calling for a national strike.

Miners Strike

Miners strike


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Lesley Boulton, a member of Women Against Pit Closures, about to be assaulted by one of Thatcher's mounted thugs at Orgreave, 1984

Lesley Boulton, a member of Women Against Pit Closures, about to be assaulted by one of Thatcher's mounted thugs at Orgreave, 1984

In 1984 Martin Shakeshaft spent 12 months photographing the Miners' Strike in the UK. The dispute started when the Conservative government, led by Margaret Thatcher, announced the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire. This was to be the first of 20 pit closures with the loss of 20,000 jobs. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) responded by calling for a national strike.

In 1984 Martin Shakeshaft spent 12 months photographing the Miners' Strike in the UK. The dispute started when the Conservative government, led by Margaret Thatcher, announced the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire. This was to be the first of 20 pit closures with the loss of 20,000 jobs. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) responded by calling for a national strike.

Miners Strike

Miners strike

Miner's strike 84/85 "the most bitter industrial dispute in British history."[1]BBC

Miner's strike 84/85 "the most bitter industrial dispute in British history."[1]BBC

A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

A small poster from the miners strike of 1984-5. The pit is Abercynon Colliery South Wales.

© John Sturrock, May 1984, Miners Strike 1984/85 - Police charge pickets at Orgreave coke works, near Sheffield. ----- The UK miners’ strike of 1984–85 was a major industrial action affecting the British coal industry. It was a defining moment in British industrial relations, and its defeat significantly weakened the British trade union movement. It was also seen as a major political victory for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party. (read more on my blog)

© John Sturrock, May 1984, Miners Strike 1984/85 - Police charge pickets at Orgreave coke works, near Sheffield. ----- The UK miners’ strike of 1984–85 was a major industrial action affecting the British coal industry. It was a defining moment in British industrial relations, and its defeat significantly weakened the British trade union movement. It was also seen as a major political victory for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party. (read more on my blog)

"The miner's strike In 1984, the proposed closure of 20 mining pits by Margaret Thatcher's government caused thousands of miners, mainly in Wales and the North of England, to go on strike. The protest, which lasted for over a year, sharply divided public opinion and pushed many of the families involved into extreme poverty." (The Telegraph)

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"The miner's strike In 1984, the proposed closure of 20 mining pits by Margaret Thatcher's government caused thousands of miners, mainly in Wales and the North of England, to go on strike. The protest, which lasted for over a year, sharply divided public opinion and pushed many of the families involved into extreme poverty." (The Telegraph)

A young man on the receiving end of the Conservative government's method of "crowd control" during the miner's strike, England, 1984, photographer unknown.

A young man on the receiving end of the Conservative government's method of "crowd control" during the miner's strike, England, 1984, photographer unknown.

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