The Miners’ Campaign Tapes

Recordings from the picket lines, at the marches and in the soup kitchens during the 1984 miners’ strike.

Fight. Organise.

In 1984 a group of independent film and video makers decided to show their support for the miners’ strike using the tools they had available: their cameras. On the picket lines, at the marches and in the soup kitchens, they recorded the testimonies of the striking miners, their wives and supporters, in a fight against anti-strike propaganda dominating the mainstream media.

A testament to solidarity and activism, the tapes tackle issues which continue to occupy us today: the right to demonstrate, police tactics, political double-speak, the role of the media. They are a crucial document of a cataclysmic episode of British history.

1 Not Just Tea and Sandwiches
2 The Coal Board’s Butchery
3 Solidarity
4 Straight Speaking
5 The Lie Machine
6 Only Doing Their Job?

Special features

  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Chris Reeves, in which he discusses the making and distribution of the Tapes, and by Professor Julian Petley, author of Media Hits the Pits: the Media and the Coal Dispute (1984) and contributor to Shafted: the Media, the Miners’ Strike and the Aftermath (2009).

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      English for the hard-of-hearing

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      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

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