How will these resources help you?
We often teach the miners’ strike as a clash between these two powerful institutions. For example, one might use the iconic photograph of the mounted policeman about to assault a striking miner to address the role of the police. However, the complex situation requires a nuanced approach, including discussion of the destruction of whole communities, the lies and lasting hatreds on all sides and the divisions between families and neighbours. The titles given here consider the role of women, too often side-lined in school and academic texts. Some may be out of print, but they are available second hand or as eBooks. Additionally, if you live in an area once dominated by coal, do contact the record office for local publications, newspaper reports and posters.
Never the Same Again: Women and the Miners’ Strike
by Jean Stead, published by The Women’s Press, (1985), 9780704339835
A year of hardship
Counting the Cost: A Family in the Miners’ Strike
by Jackie Keating, published by Wharncliffe Publishing, (1991), 9781871647150
Giving women a voice
Queen Coal: The Women of the Miners’ Strike
by Triona Holden, published by Lume Books, (2005), 9780750939713
Making Scotland’s Landscape - Coal in Scotland
published by BBC, (2010)
Text © Rosemary Rees, 2020.