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In 1984 Martin Shakeshaft spent 12 months photographing the Miners' Strike in the UK. The dispute started when the Conservative government, led by Margaret Thatcher, announced the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire. This was to be the first of 20 pit closures with the loss of 20,000 jobs. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) responded by calling for a national strike.

In 1984 Martin Shakeshaft spent 12 months photographing the Miners' Strike in the UK. The dispute started when the Conservative government, led by Margaret Thatcher, announced the closure of Cortonwood Colliery in Yorkshire. This was to be the first of 20 pit closures with the loss of 20,000 jobs. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) responded by calling for a national strike.

A miner and his family, Rhondda Valley, South Wales, 22nd June 1931. ..Rhondda valley daily life - Google Search

A miner and his family, Rhondda Valley, South Wales, 22nd June 1931. ..Rhondda valley daily life - Google Search

Aileen Sandel from Newbridge was one of the wives who helped organise the soup kitchen at the Newbridge Miners Institute during the Miners strike in 1984-85 pictured with her Ann Dodd

30 pictures show the human tragedy of the miners strike 30 years after it ended

Aileen Sandel from Newbridge was one of the wives who helped organise the soup kitchen at the Newbridge Miners Institute during the Miners strike in 1984-85 pictured with her Ann Dodd

We love these nostalgic photos of mining communities taken in the 1960s! Did you have miner's in your family? #genealogy #familyhistory

Amazing pictures give rare glimpse of 1960s mining communities

We love these nostalgic photos of mining communities taken in the 1960s! Did you have miner's in your family? #genealogy #familyhistory

A young boy looks on as rescuers dig for survivors.The school was in session; it being the last day before half term week. 144 children and adults died – 116 were schoolchildren. Half of all the children at Pantglas Junior School were killed together with 5 of their teachers.

A young boy looks on as rescuers dig for survivors.The school was in session; it being the last day before half term week. 144 children and adults died – 116 were schoolchildren. Half of all the children at Pantglas Junior School were killed together with 5 of their teachers.

London, 1980's, Photograph: Bob Mazzer

Going underground – in pictures

London, 1980's, Photograph: Bob Mazzer

OLD VINTAGE 1926 FRITH POSTCARD WILSONS YARD WHITBY YORKSHIRE | eBay

OLD VINTAGE 1926 FRITH POSTCARD WILSONS YARD WHITBY YORKSHIRE | eBay

Coal Miners’ Strike, Rhonda Valley, Wales, 1985, Marianne Grondahl

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Coal Miners’ Strike, Rhonda Valley, Wales, 1985, Marianne Grondahl

'Watch your thoughts for they become words .Watch your words for they become actions .Watch your habits for they become your character.And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.My father always said that and I am fine" RIP Margaret Thatcher Britain's first female Prime Minister,1925-2013.

'Watch your thoughts for they become words .Watch your words for they become actions .Watch your habits for they become your character.And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become.My father always said that and I am fine" RIP Margaret Thatcher Britain's first female Prime Minister,1925-2013.

Miners' strike, 1984-85.The miners strike of 1984-85 will always be remembered in British working class history as the most significant turning point in the power relationship between the working class organisations of the trade unions, and the state

Miners' strike, 1984-85.The miners strike of 1984-85 will always be remembered in British working class history as the most significant turning point in the power relationship between the working class organisations of the trade unions, and the state

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