The Miners' Strike and the Metropolis, 1984-5: Mapping Networks of Solidarity
Summary of research
My research looks at support groups in London for the British miners during the 1984-5 strike. Alongside what many saw as an 'old fashioned' industrial dispute, a broad social movement developed to support the miners. Using a wide range of archival material, this study will explore the range of groups in London - including lesbian and gay, black and feminist organisations, Labour Party branches, trade unions and others. It will look at the links that they developed with people in mining areas and the effect that this practical solidarity had on the individuals involved. It will look at how this reflected and influenced the changing nature of the British left in the 1980s.
'Constructing a culture of solidarity: London and the British coalfields in the long 1970s', Antipode, 2016. doi: 10.1111/anti.12245
'Solidarity and Sexuality: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners 1984-5', History Workshop Journal 77:1, Spring 2014, pp. 240-262. Full text. PDF. Abstract.
'The 1984-5 miners' strike and the spirit of solidarity', Soundings 60, Summer 2015, pp. 118-129. http://dx.doi.org/10.3898/136266215815872953
Review of Evan Smith and Matthew Worley (eds), Against the Grain: The British Far Left From 1956 (2014), Antipode January 2015. PDF
With Tank Green and Luca Lapolla, 'What is radical history?', History Workshop Online, 5 June 2015, http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/radical-history-graduate-online-symposium-what-is-radical-history
'Constructing Alliances: Why my research on the miners' strike solidarity movement matters', History Workshop Online, 13 October 2014, http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/constructing-alliances-why-my-research-on-the-miners-strike-solidarity-movement-matters/
'Partisan pasts: Left-wing approaches to recording the 1980s', Observing the 80s, 20 May 2014, https://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/observingthe80s/2014/05/20/partisan-pasts-left-wing-approaches-to-recording-the-1980s-diarmaid-kelliher/