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1812 election notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook - "Violence and Outrage"

Election time In 1812, election time was a very different spectacle compared to the media circus of today. Mass rallies were the best way for candidates to make their voices heard. Thousands of ...

Address to the Workmen in the Parishes of Burslem and Wolstanton - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was a system whereby the workers were forced to accept goods in lieu of payment. They would be payed in tokens, which could only be spent at the company store or 'Tommy Shop.' The ...

Arthur Scargill at a miner's strike demonstration, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 1984.

Arthur Scargill was President of the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984 - 1985 miner's strike and became a household name. He attended rallys and demonstrations throughout the country including ...

Britannia's Address to her Fair Daughters - a radical call to women from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Love of country is not sexual; in every age, in every country, it has warmed and animated the female breast... In the early 19th century, women were among the most forward-thinking political activists ...

Brother Potters!

The early 1800s brought hard times for potters in Stoke-on-Trent. Costly wars disrupted trade abroad, while poor harvests caused hunger at home. "One word with you, afore yo gon to do any moore mischif..." Government ...

Cases of Distress and Oppression, in the Staffordshire Potteries; By Labourers Wages being paid in Truck - Booklet from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was system whereby the workers were forced to accept goods in lieu of payment. They would be payed in tokens, which could only be spent at the company store or Tommy Shop. The ...

Coal getting at Longton

Photograph taken during the Coal Strike of 1926.

Coal getting, Longton

Coal getting during the 1926 miners' strike. Photograph taken by J.A.Lovatt on the outskirts of Longton.

Coal getting, Longton

Photograph taken during the Coal Strike of 1926.

Coal Strike 1912. "Coal Getting." Photographed by William Blake.

Photograph of people picking surface coal from a steep quarry edge during the strike of 1912.

Coal strike at Florence Colliery in Longton

Coal mining strikes occured in North Staffordshire on a number of occasions during the twentieth century. This images shows people scavanging for coal on waste tips during the 1912 coal strike. Coal was ...

Coal Strike, Mar. 1912 "Gleaning coal From Old Pit Banks." Photographed by William Blake.

A picture taken in Stoke-on-Trent during the miner's strike of March 1912. Men, women and children collect loose coal from the pit banks.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Digging Coal out of Old Pit Mounds". Photographed by William Blake.

"Digging Coal out of Old Pit Mounds". People forage for coal during the strike during March 1912.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Labour Works A Seam On Its Own Behalf." Photographed by William Blake.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Labour Works A Seam On Its Own Behalf." Taken at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Royalty - Free Coal Getting". Photographed by William Blake.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Royalty - Free Coal Getting". Taken at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Coal Strike, March 1912. Coal Pickers at Florence Colliery, Longton, Stoke-On-Trent. Photographed by William Blake.

View of Florence Colliery, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. People scavenge for bits of coal during the coal strike of 1912. Named after the Duke of Sutherland's daughter, the pit was opened ...

Colliery bus, Hem Heath Colliery, Stoke-on-Trent

The colliery buses contracted from PMT dropped working miners outside the picket lines during the 1984/1985 miner's strike as bus drivers refused to cross the picket lines. This photograph is reproduced ...

Florence Colliery miners going on a demonstration, 1984

During the miner's strike of 1984/1985 many miners and strike supporters travelled to demonstrations around the country. In later years it became illegal to picket any place of work other than your own. One ...