In Loving Memory Of Work is a visual record of the UK Miners’ Strike 1984-85. Bringing together myriad political graphics and cultural ephemera alongside first-hand testimonies, the book is by turn a celebration of the creativity of the working class, as well as a vital re-appraisal of the collective aesthetic of one of most important social and political events in recent history. Moving, witty and shocking in equal measure, In Loving Memory of Work explores the immediate effects of the strike, while vividly demonstrating its continuing political and cultural relevance.
With high-production values throughout, the book features a limited edition dust-jacket printed using coal dust taken from the old site of Barnsley Main Colliery, South Yorkshire; itself a once industrious and successful pit before it’s closure. And is set throughout using a bespoke typeface, Liaison, inspired by the Liaison Committee For The Defence Of The Trade Union (LCDTU) placards which were distributed and held aloft at various demonstrations during the strike, most notably during the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Brighton, September 1984, six months into the dispute.
All proceeds go to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign (otjc.org.uk).
Creative Director: Craig Oldham
Filmed and Photographed by Josh Exell
Assisted by Hannah Rea
Edited by Luke Exell
Poem by Pete Currie (ex-Armthorpe miner)
Read by Michael Justice
Features Mick Oldham (ex-Barnsley miner)