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All are welcome at our events, to learn about the findings of our research, hear the voices of women who experienced the strike, and share their own memories of the strike and thoughts about it.

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED - Women in the Miners’ Strike in Kent, Thursday 26 March, 5.30 - 7pm

Bechange Community Hub, Ackholt Road, Aylesham, CT3 3AJ

We’ll be discussing women’s experiences in the miners’ strike in Kent. All welcome!


As we’re sure you understand, this event in Kent is cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We’re really sorry about this and very much hope to reschedule at some point in the future.
 

Past Events


Exhibition launch at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, Saturday 29 February

National Coal Mining Museum for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, Wakefield WF4 4RH

We’ll be launching our new temporary exhibition about women in the miners’ strike, with talks and discussion and a chance to view the exhibition. For details email Natalie: n.thomlinson@reading.ac.uk


Durham Miner's Gala, Saturday 13th July, all day

Various locations in Durham

We’ll be at the 135th Durham Miners’ Gala, on Saturday 13 July, all day, sharing our research and asking for people to share their memories of the miners’ strike and their thoughts about how we should remember the history of women’s experiences in the strike with us.

For information about the Gala, see https://www.durhamminers.org/gala.

Migrants and Minorities in British Coalmining, Nottingham Trent University, Thursday 11 July 2019, 10.30am - 4pm

Room 008/009, Mary Ann Evans, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

We’ll be speaking alongside a host of other excellent speakers about coal mining heritage in the East Midlands.

Free, and open to all, just register here: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/about-us/events/events/2019/07/migrants-and-minorities-in-british-coalmining

Barnsley Women and the 1984-5 Miners' Strike, Friday 28 June, 2.15pm - 4pm

Experience Barnsley Museum, Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA

Barnsley was a hub of activism in the miners' strike and in this talk we'll discuss what women from the area did to support the strike, and hear from some of them in their own words.
 

Women in the Miners’ Strike in Scotland: Two Events

Friday 21 June, 6.30pm - 8pm, Dysart Community Hall, 1 West Port, Dysart, KY1 2TD

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Saturday 22 June, 11.30am - 1pm, Bannockburn Miners’ Social Club, 36 Morrison Drive, Bannockburn, Stirling, FK7 0HZ

What did women do in the miners’ strike of 1984-5 in Scotland? At this event we’ll share what we’ve discovered in our research project, discuss the lasting impact of the 1984-5 strike on miners’ wives, mothers and daughters, and play audio and film gathered in our research.

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Women and Feminism in the Miners’ Strike, 1984-5: UCL Festival of Culture, Wednesday 5 June, 6pm

G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Engineering Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

In this talk you’ll hear from women from coalfield communities in their own words how the miners’ strike changed them, and we’ll discuss how the strike affected women’s views of feminism or ‘Women’s Liberation’.

Free and open to all; sign up here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/festival-of-culture/events/2019/jun/women-against-pit-closures-women-and-feminism-miners-strike-1984-5.

Talk at Doncaster Heritage Festival, Saturday 11 May, 1.30pm

The Point on Bennetthorpe, 16 S Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR

As part of the Doncaster Heritage Festival, Natalie will discuss the lasting impact of the 1984-5 strike on miners’ wives, mothers and daughters in Doncaster and beyond.  Featuring audio and film gathered from her research, Natalie will explore the women’s support movement which saw thousands of women masterminding an operation to keep 142,000 miners and their families fed during the strike.

You can find more information here: https://www.heritagedoncaster.org.uk/festival/

Women in the Miners’ Strike in South Wales, Saturday 4 May, 2pm - 3.30pm

Cynon Valley Museum, Depot Road, Aberdare, CF Mapperley Plains Social Club, Plains Road, Nottingham, NG3 5RH

What did women do in the miners’ strike of 1984-5 in South Wales? At this event we’ll share what we’ve discovered in our research project, and talk about memories of the strike, and how women’s role in the strike in South Wales should be remembered.

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Digging Deeper: The Women of Nottinghamshire's Coalfields, Wednesday 24th April, 2pm - 4pm

Mapperley Plains Social Club, Plains Road, Nottingham, NG3 5RH

An afternoon of talks and discussion with historians Norma Gregory and Natalie Thomlinson.

Do you have memories of life in the Nottinghamshire coalfield? Maybe you were married to a miner, or your dad was a miner? Maybe you worked in the industry? Whether or not you do or don't, come along for an informal afternoon at Mapperley Plains Social Club to:
•    Find out about research from historians Norma Gregory and Natalie Thomlinson into the experiences of women and men in Nottinghamshire's coalfields.
•    Share your stories and memories of life in the coalfield.

This event is organised jointly with the Nottinghamshire News Centre

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