Solidarity and the 1984-5 miners’ strike: Oral history project (London)

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Date: 28/04/2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

London Metropolitan University

Friday 28th April 2017, 3.00pm – 5.00pm

London Metropolitan University, Goulston Street, London, E1 7TP

In March 1984 over 150,000 miners walked out on strike against plans for widespread pit closures. Alongside the dispute developed a large and diverse support movement within Britain and internationally, which provided invaluable practical solidarity. Thousands of people collected food and money, joined picket lines and demonstrations, organised meetings, travelled to the coalfields and hosted activists from the coalfields in their homes. This oral history project will bring together supporters from London and surrounding areas, as well as people from mining areas, in a series of events to recount their experiences of that year. It will provide a permanent record of this important history, which will be held by the TUC Library Collections at London Metropolitan University and will be made publicly available in pamphlet form. Anyone who supported the strike around London, and people from coalfield areas who were involved with London supporters, can contact Diarmaid Kelliher if they would like to be involved:

The first event will take place at 3pm on 28 April 2017 at London Metropolitan University, Goulston Street (E1 7TP). The event will start with short introductions by Mike Jackson (London Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), Sally Davison (Lawrence & Wishart and Soundings), and Liz French (Betteshanger Colliery women’s support group), talking about their experiences in the support movement and the strike. We will then open up to a general discussion. 

If you would like to attend this event and share your experiences, please sign up here:

We are planning a series of these events, so if you cannot make the first one please get in touch with us. Provisional themes for future discussions include black solidarity with the miners; support for the strike from the Greater London Council and other London local authorities; and the relationship between the Kent coalfield and London during the strike (to be held in Kent).

This project is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Glasgow (David Featherstone and Diarmaid Kelliher), the TUC Library Collections, and the Raphael Samuel History Centre.