The miners' strike

The miners' strike began on 5 March 1984 and lasted until 3 March 1985. It was a battle of ideas and it split the nation. For some, even though 25 years later, the legacy of the strike arouses raw emotions, for others it was a very positive time.

Miners' strike

Stories from the archive

Take a trip back to when it all happened with selected clips from the BBC archive. We'll be adding more clips charting the events of the strike over the next year.

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Demonstrating miners at the TUC Conference, Brighton, 1984

Miners' strike

BBC content about industrial action affecting the coal industry in the 1980s.



Coal mining

The 20th century was a tough and turbulent time for Welsh miners.

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