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Address of the Coal Miners of the North Staffordshire District - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

This notice invites us to explore the hardships suffered by North Staffordshire's coal miners in 1831 - when their early trade unions were still not widely recognised. Employers often intimidated organised ...

An Address to the Coal Miners - Pamphlet from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

An apparently neutral observer introduces himself in this pamphlet, claiming to weigh up the respective cases of the coal masters and miners' union during industrial unrest in 1831. Claiming to wish ...

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 ...

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 ...

Burslem Liberal Club, Market Place, Burslem

The red brick and terracotta front of the Liberal Club building on Market Place in Burslem. There were stained glass windows on the first floor hall and there is a mosaic with the words "Liberal Club" ...

Children's day out, Kidsgrove.

During the 1984 - 1985 miner's strike there were ten womens action groups in north Staffordshire who supported the striking miners. They ran food centres, organised collections, manned picket lines and ...

Clough Hall Colliery Anti-Union Notice - from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Colliery owners did not take kindly to miners' early attempts to form trades unions. Market forces Most believed in an 'iron law of wages,' which dictated that wages would be related to market forces. This ...

Dr. Parkes' surgery, Normacot Road, Longton

This property, possibly 84, Normacot Road, had been the local headquarters of the Blackshirts, a fascist organisation of the inter-war period. Their posters (reading "India Betrayal") were still visible ...

Fanny Deakin and A J Cook, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Fanny Deakin is pictured here A J Cook, trade unionist and miners' leader. This photograph may well have been taken during the General Strike of 1926, when they led a march of 200 or 300 miners through ...

Fanny Deakin with Mike Booth, Silverdale

Born Fanny Rebecca Davenport in the mining village of Silverdale in 1883, into a large, poor family, Fanny Deakin was a trailblazing activist and politician who sought to right the injustices and inequalities ...

Florence Colliery miners going on a demonstration, 1984

During the miner's strike of 1984/1985 many miners and strike supporters travelled to demonstrations around the country. In later years it became illegal to picket any place of work other than your own. One ...

Food collection at Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent

The miner's strike of 1984 - 1985 saw many families suffer great hardship as striking workers lost all their pay and benefits. Food collection and distribution points like this one at Weston Coyney were ...

Free Trade office, Stafford

Pictured in front of the Free Trade Union offices at 65 Eastgate Street, covered in posters stating the case for Free Trade, is Stafford Town Councillor Arthur Finney who was appointed as the Free Trade ...

Free Trade Union group, Stafford

A group of Free Trade Union members and lecturers in front of their offices at 65 Eastgate Street, Stafford. Seated front right is Stafford Town Councillor Arthur Finney who was appointed as the Free ...

Fundraising at Walthamstow Market, London 1984.

During the miner's strike of 1984 - 1985 many women became involved in the struggle and attended protests, raised money, manned picket lines and collected food. It was common during the strike for people ...

General Meeting of the North Staffordshire Coal Masters - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

In this notice, 32 North Staffordshire mine owners outline their unity with regard to two pressing issues. Wages At this time, miners were attempting to secure an increase in their wages by forming ...

George Ambrose Lloyd, M.P. for West Staffordshire

This postcard was published to celebrate the election of George Ambrose Lloyd as the Liberal Unionist M.P. for the West Staffordshire Constituency in 1910. At the time West Staffordshire had 21 electoral ...

High Street, Biddulph

The western side of Biddulph High Street looking from its junction with King Street. The District Bank is on the extreme right behind railings. The building on the near side of the left junction with ...