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May Day Demonstration, Longton. Photographed by William Blake.

A Labour Day demonstration, featuring Miners' Trade Union banners. The demonstrators are marching up Stafford Street, at the corner of Clayton Street in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Picking Coal. Photographed by William Blake.

People foraging for coal during the Coal Strike, March 1912.

Rules and Orders, Of The Potter's Union Society, Established at the Swan Inn, Burslem, On the Eighteenth Day of April 1825 - Document from the enoch Wood Scrapbook

Potter's Union Rule Book This booklet outlines the rules and orders of the Potter's Union Society, established in Burslem in 1825 at the Swan Inn. The contents of the rule book include coverage ...

Rules, Orders, and Regulations of the Radical Society of Shopkeepers and Others

Just who were the Radical Society of Shopkeepers and Others who produced this list of rules, orders and regulations? It is most likely that anonymous local employers published this notice in order ...

To the Coal Miners of the North Staffordshire District - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

During 1831 tensions ran high in the North Staffordshire coal industry, as miners threatened to unite against their employers. At this time, early trade unions were barely recognised by employers. ...

To the members of the Union and the working classes generally - a notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

An address to members of the potters' union, urging them not to be tempted into violence against their opponents. In the early 1800s, times were hard and trade unions were barely recognised. Many employers ...

To the People - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Reform Printed notice advocating the use of non-violent means to achieve reform of the political system. Britains political system was dominated and maintained by aristocratic landowners. The growing ...

Unlawful Oaths - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Twenty Pounds Reward Notice from the North Staffordshire Coal Masters offering twenty pounds reward for information leading to the prosecution of anyone breaking the law under the Unlawful Oaths Act. Abstracts ...

Unlawful Oaths - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

A law devised to deter naval mutiny The Unlawful Oaths Act of 1797 was initially enacted during the early period of the Napoleonic Wars to curb mutinous behaviour in the navy. This act was not repealed ...

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