Groundbreaking exhibition will mark 25th anniversary of miners' strike

By Culture24 Published: 12 August 2009

The Galleries of Justice will be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike with a groundbreaking exhibition featuring loans from the Scotland Yard Crime Museum.

The exhibition is the first to examine the strike from all sides, including the police involvement in the strike and the plight of both the miners who chose to strike and those who carried on working.

Initially labelled the "rolling coal strike" by the press, the miners' strike of 1984-5 started with the closure of 20 coal pits and a strike in Yorkshire, but ultimately affected the whole country.

Not all miners joined the strikes, and there was conflict as striking miners – known as the "flying pickets" – started to picket working mines.

More than 8,000 police from around the country were mobilised to maintain order, and the strikes were the first example of police using new public order tactics.

Items will include Strike ephemera (placards, banners, badges, and buttons), improvised weapons, police riot gear and archive material (photographs, press clippings, and film footage). Oral histories from both sides of the picket line have been recorded for the show.

Strike 1984 opens at the Galleries of Justice Nottingham from September 19 2009. For more information on The Galleries of Justice Museum visit their website or call 0115 952 0555.

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