Barnsley women against pit closures

The impact of the miner’s strike of 1984/85 had a huge effect on the lives of many miners and their families in Barnsley and across the country. It’s now 30 years since the strike took place.

Many women were involved in campaigning on the picket lines, running soup kitchens and looking after their families too. The Women Against Pit Closures movement started in Barnsley, and spread all over the country.

Experience Barnsley is looking for women to share their memories for a special exhibition to mark 30 years since the strike in 2014. Women are invited to come to the town hall on Saturday, 25 January between 11am to 2pm to meet the team.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson, Development, Environment and Culture, said: “The WAPC movement empowered many women to take a public role in what was a male-dominated community. What started out as the communal feeding of families soon gave women a more explicitly political role and their resolve was strong, even during times of extreme hardship.

“I’m sure there are some fascinating stories throughout Barnsley and I encourage people to share them with the Experience Barnsley team – you are a very important part of social and political history.”

The exhibition will open on Monday, 3 March and will run alongside a whole programme of events and activities in 2014 in conjunction with National Coal Mining Museum, Barnsley Civic and the NUM to tell the story of the miner’s strike.