In the heart of London, on Tuesday, March 12th, 2024, a poignant event will unfold at Ev Restaurant, nestled beneath The Arches on 98 Isabella Street. Hosted by the collaboration between Left Book Club and Redhills, the evening will be a powerful exploration into the enduring legacy of solidarity networks born during and in the aftermath of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike.

A Historic Journey: The 1984/85 Miners’ Strike

Marking its 40th anniversary, the event takes us back to the historic and tumultuous period of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike. This turning point in history witnessed mining communities weaving national and international solidarity networks, finding common ground with various organizing movements. Notably, the strike fostered a remarkable alliance with Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), a story immortalised in the acclaimed film, “Pride.

1984/85 Miners’ Strike – 40 Years of Solidarity

The evening promises a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring voices from the strike itself and those who, over the decades, have drawn inspiration from its poignant legacy. The National Union of Miners General Secretary, Chris Kitchen, will provide an insightful introduction. The panel will delve into diverse aspects, exploring the intersection between LGSM and LGSMigrants, the resilience of Women Against Pit Closures, and the significance of Redhills Durham Miners Hall.

Distinguished Panelists: Voices of Resilience

The lineup of esteemed speakers includes:

  • Chris Kitchen (NUM): As the General Secretary of the National Union of Miners, Chris Kitchen brings a wealth of experience and firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced during the strike.
  • Heather Wood (Women Against Pit Closures): An inspirational figure from Women Against Pit Closures, Heather Wood will shed light on the pivotal role played by women in the mining communities.
  • Ida Picard (LGSMigrants): Offering a contemporary perspective, Ida Picard from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants will explore the ongoing connections and solidarity networks.
  • Mike Jackson (LGSM): A key figure in the historic LGSM, Mike Jackson’s presence ensures a firsthand account of the alliance that bridged communities during challenging times.
  • Victoria Hughes (Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Redhills): Bringing in a broader societal context, Victoria Hughes will explore the intersections of social justice, drawing parallels between historical struggles and present-day challenges.

Chaired by Left Book Club: Reflecting on challenges in 2024

The event will be expertly chaired by Left Book Club, providing a platform for a comprehensive reflection on the enduring impact of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike. Drawing parallels between historical challenges and those faced by the UK in 2024, the panel discussion promises to be a thought-provoking and insightful exploration of solidarity through the decades.

Join the Conversation

The 1984/85 Miners’ Strike: 40 Years of Solidarity event is not just a historical reflection but a call to action. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers, ask questions, and contribute to a dialogue that seeks to build bridges across time and unite communities in the spirit of solidarity.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be part of a conversation that transcends the decades, fostering a sense of unity, understanding, and resilience. Secure your spot and join us at Ev Restaurant for an evening that celebrates the enduring spirit of solidarity.

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, March 12th, 2024
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Ev Restaurant, The Arches, 98 Isabella St, London, SE1 8DD

This is the first in a series of events with Left Book Club as we move towards the reopening of Redhills.

Book your tickets below (this is a free event but contributions towards the costs are very much appreciated):