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Rebuilding the Bonds


The miners' strike was sustained by a broad coalition that coalesced entire communities. Forty years on, we must rebuild the bonds of solidarity, learn the lessons of defeat and reilluminate the possibilities that went dark as the pit entrances swung back open.

Rugeley Miners Memorial by sculptor Andy DeComyn, 2015

Sitting on the banks of the River Trent, the market town of Rugeley in Staffordshire has a rich industrial history. In 1777, it benefited from the construction of the Trent and Mersey Canal, which enabled the smooth transportation of fragile pottery and created a thriving industry. Cooling water from the river later made it an […]

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