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March 2014

Martin Jenkinson, Mark Harvey and Mark Metcalf:  Images of the Past - THE MINERS’ STRIKE

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Martin Jenkinson
This book is packed with photographs taken by the late Martin Jenkinson, who was responsible for some of the most striking images to have emerged from political and industrial struggle in Britain over the last 30 years. In addition to his work with the National Union of Mineworkers, Martin was also commissioned by many other unions, notably the National Union of Teachers and the TGWU/UNITE. Martin was a former steelworker who combined his politics and his belief in social justice, fairness and equality with his love of photography. Martin died of cancer aged 64 in June 2012.

           Martin Jenkinson, working at Yorkshire Miner’s Gala, Rotherham. June 1985

The coaPicket wearing a joke police helmet talking to Police at Orgreave on 6 June 1984lminers' strike of 1984/5 was the longest national strike in British history. For a year over 100,000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers, their families and supporters, in hundreds of communities, battled to prevent the decimation of the coal industry on which their livelihoods and communities depended.


Picket wearing a joke police helmet talking to Police at Orgreave on 6 June 1984

Miners’ pickets being chased by mounted police at Orgreave on 18 June 1984Margaret Thatcher's government aimed to smash the most militant section of the British working class. She wanted to usher in a new era of greater management control at work and pave the way for a radical refashioning of society in favour of neo-liberal objectives that three decades later have crippled the world economy.

Miners’ pickets being chased by mounted police at Orgreave on 18 June 1984


Superintendent John Nesbitt arrests Arthur Scargill, NUM President at Orgreave.Victory required draconian restrictions on picketing and the development of a militarised national police force that made widespread arrests as part of its criminalisation policy. The attacks on the miners also involved the use of the courts and anti-trade union laws, restrictions on welfare benefits, the secret financing by industrialists of working miners and the involvement of the security services.  All of which was supported by a compliant mass media but resisted by the collective courage of miners and mining communities in which the role of Women against Pit Closures in combating poverty and starvation was heroic. Thus inspired by the struggle for jobs and communities an unparalleled movement of support groups right across Britain and in other parts of the world was born and helped bring about a situation where the miners long struggle came close on occasions to winning.

Superintendent John Nesbitt arrests Arthur Scargill, NUM President at Orgreave. This was the only arrest made by Nesbitt during his time as Superintendent.


First national women’s rally in support of striking miners, Barnsley Civic Hall on 12 May 1984At the heart of the conflict was the Yorkshire region, where even at the end in March 1985, 83 per cent of 56,000 miners were still out on strike. The official Yorkshire National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) area photographer in 1984-85 was Martin Jenkinson and this book of his photographs, supported by a written detailed account from Mark Metcalf, serves as a unique social document on the dispute that changed the face of Britain.

First national women’s rally in support of striking miners, Barnsley Civic Hall on 12 May 1984.

25% of the author’s fees from the sales of this book are to be divided between the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and Justice for Mineworkers. Unite branches interested in getting copies should contact Mark Metcalf on 07952 801783.

All photographs are courtesy and copyright of Martin Jenkinson.

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YOUR COMMENTS

Would you recommend this book?: Defiantly in fact our union branch has purchased 2 copies

I purchased this book last summer for my holiday read and thoroughly enjoyed  it. The research put into this book and the poignant photographs take you back and put you at the heart of the strike.  It was very educational and gave the true facts behind the strike.  Thank you to all involved. 

Franco Villani, Unite member


More photos from the book
British police use riot shields and helmets for the first time in an industrial dispute Miners’ wives and supporters serving food to striking miners’ families during the 1984-85 strike








British police use riot shields and helmets for the first time in an industrial dispute at the Orgreave Coke works on
29 May 1984.


Miners’ wives and supporters serving food to striking miners’ families during the 1984-85 strike .

A convoy of 26 lorries carrying food donated by London printers for miners’ families during the 1984-85 strikeStriking miner’s daughter, Lisa Fletcher at a soup kitchen set up in a church at Maltby.










Striking miner’s daughter, Lisa Fletcher at a soup kitchen set up in  a church at Maltby.

A convoy of 26 lorries carrying food donated by London printers for miners’ families during the 1984-85 strike.

Miners picket railway line at Immingham on 10 July 1984. Railworkers refused to cross it.Striking Yorkshire miner digging for coal










Miners picket railway line at Immingham on 10 July 1984. Railworkers refused to cross it.

Striking Yorkshire miner digging for coal between railway lines at Hickleton Colliery, Thurnscoe (16 January 1985)

Wath Main miners march back to work with their families after the 1984-85 strike Kent miner's wife, Liz French. Her husband Terry was imprisoned for 5 years










Wath Main miners march back to work with their families after the 1984-85 strike.
                                                                                                Kent miner's wife, Liz French, March 1985.
                                                                                                Her husband Terry was imprisoned for 5 years        
and sacked from his job.              Pupils from Foulstone and Dearne High Schools hold up placards with the names of 125 pits closed.                                                           
 


In 1992, pupils from Foulstone and Dearne High Schools hold up placards with the names of 125 pits closed since 1985.                                                               
                                                                          

Unite branches interested in getting copies should contact Mark Metcalf on 07952 801783.
All photographs are courtesy and copyright of Martin Jenkinson.

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