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1812 election notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook - "Violence and Outrage"

Election time In 1812, election time was a very different spectacle compared to the media circus of today. Mass rallies were the best way for candidates to make their voices heard. Thousands of ...

Address to the Workmen in the Parishes of Burslem and Wolstanton - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was a system whereby the workers were forced to accept goods in lieu of payment. They would be payed in tokens, which could only be spent at the company store or 'Tommy Shop.' The ...

Arthur Scargill at a miner's strike demonstration, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 1984.

Arthur Scargill was President of the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984 - 1985 miner's strike and became a household name. He attended rallys and demonstrations throughout the country including ...

Band of Hope demonstration, Derby Street, Leek

Ball Haye Green Band of Hope march along Derby Street, watched by onlookers.

Band of Hope demonstration, Stockwell Street, Leek

This was an annual church procession originating in Leek and generally involving young adults. The Band of Hope was a movement closely allied to the Temperance movement. This march was led by the Congregationalists, ...

Band of Hope procession, Market Place, Leek

This picture is thought to show the annual Band of Hope demonstration, which assembled in the Market Place before the start of the procession. The Band of Hope was allied to the Temperance Movement, with ...

Britannia's Address to her Fair Daughters - a radical call to women from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Love of country is not sexual; in every age, in every country, it has warmed and animated the female breast... In the early 19th century, women were among the most forward-thinking political activists ...

Brother Potters!

The early 1800s brought hard times for potters in Stoke-on-Trent. Costly wars disrupted trade abroad, while poor harvests caused hunger at home. "One word with you, afore yo gon to do any moore mischif..." Government ...

Cases of Distress and Oppression, in the Staffordshire Potteries; By Labourers Wages being paid in Truck - Booklet from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was system whereby the workers were forced to accept goods in lieu of payment. They would be payed in tokens, which could only be spent at the company store or Tommy Shop. The ...

Chancel School Action group, Rugeley

Pictured after a successful campaign outside the Chancel School on Wolseley Road, Rugeley are members of the Chancel School Action Group. Adults (left to right): Barbara Bowers, Val McCall, Philip ...

Coal getting at Longton

Photograph taken during the Coal Strike of 1926. This photograph was probably taken from the East Vale /Meir Hay area of Longton. It’s the location of the much earlier Meir Hay Colliery. There ...

Coal getting, Longton

Coal getting during the 1926 miners' strike. Photograph taken by J.A.Lovatt on the outskirts of Longton. This photograph was probably taken from the East Vale /Meir Hay area of Longton. It’s the ...

Coal getting, Longton

Photograph taken during the Coal Strike of 1926. This photograph was probably taken from the East Vale /Meir Hay area of Longton. It’s the location of the much earlier Meir Hay Colliery. There were ...

Coal Pickers Strike, West Cannock 2, Hednesford

Local miners, who were on strike, with their families illegally picking coal off the colliery waste tips. The strike lasted for 6 months. West Cannock Colliery Company had 5 sites: No.1 plant (pit) ...

Coal pickers, Cheadle

Coal pickers during the General Strike, Cheadle. During the General Strike outcrop pits were dug, about 4 feet square. This one was named Embrey's No.17.

Coal picking at Apedale, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The Miners strike in 1912 was one of the first nationwide strikes that was led by the newly formed Miners Union, who were demanding a national minimum wage. Many miners received no Union pay during the ...

Coal Strike 1912. "Coal Getting." Photographed by William Blake.

Photograph of people picking surface coal from a steep quarry edge during the strike of 1912.

Coal strike at Florence Colliery in Longton

Coal mining strikes occured in North Staffordshire on a number of occasions during the twentieth century. This images shows people scavanging for coal on waste tips during the 1912 coal strike. Coal was ...