Echoes of protest: untold stories of the 1984-1985 UK Miners' Strike

Ballin, Deborah and Johnson, Esther (2017) Echoes of protest: untold stories of the 1984-1985 UK Miners' Strike. Oral History Society Journal, 45 (1). pp. 100-110.

Abstract

This journal article looks at a collaborative project by artist/filmmaker Esther Johnson and filmmaker/writer Debbie Ballin titled Echoes of Protest. This research investigates the legacy of being involved in significant protest movements from a child’s perspective and seeks to understand the role protest can play in the lives of children, and to explore its aftermath. This article will draw upon oral testimony transcriptions and photography undertaken for this project to highlight a perspective of the 1984-85 UK Miners’ Strike that has seldom been explored. The stories collected are from adults remembering what it was like to grow up as a child during the Strike. They articulate the experience with a maturity they may have been unable to express at the time. The text will follow the research methodology, findings, discuss the editing process and invite contributors to reflect on their participation.

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