Legacy of the miners’ strike - 30 years on

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Collecting tin used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support CommitteeThis makeshift collecting tin was used by the Kirkby Miners’ Support Committee, Kirkby Unemployed Centre, to raise money for striking miners 1984-5. Thousands of coal miners across the country started industrial action in March 1984 when the government announced their intention to close 20 coal mines, as well as the plan, in the long-term, to close over 70 pits. Mass walk-outs and strikes began, leading to clashes between miners and the police. Many miners and their families suffered extreme poverty struggling to survive without wages. People from across Merseyside showed solidarity and support for the miners by raising money and sending food and essentials to the struggling families. We have a number of items in the museum’s collection reflecting local support from Kirkby, Granby and Ellesmere Port. The strike finally ended on 3 March 1985, nearly a year after it had begun. The tin, along with vouchers and tickets in aid of the Miners’ Strike are on display in The People’s Republic Gallery, Museum of Liverpool.