Poster: National Union of Mineworkers Barnsley Area March and Rally poster MCA/48 1985 (temp)
Before he was elected as MP for Barnsley West and Penistone in 1992, Mick Clapham had worked as a coal miner and a lecturer on trade union studies, before he joined the National Union of Mineworkers in 1977. In 1983 he became Head of Industrial Relations at the NUM which was the post that he held throughout the duration of the miners' strike of 1984-1985.
Booklet: £16 note’, Women Against Pit Closures, designed by Paul Morton. OurRef: MCA/48
This note was created for the Women Against Pit Closures campaign by Barnsley artist Paul Morton. It refers to the amount of money deducted by the government from the family benefits of striking miners’ during the 1984-1985 strike. The note is ‘issued’ by ‘The Capitalist State’ and contains an image of Margaret Thatcher in a miner’s helmet wearing the slogan ‘Woman opposed to Women Against Pit Closures’.
Letter from Tony Lloyd MP to Tony Blair PM concerning the Fairchild judgement on asbestos exposure, 2001
This letter to the Prime Minister reflects the fact that much of Mick Clapham’s political career was engaged in issues relating to coalmining and workplace health and safety. The fact that the Prime Minister was the recipient of this letter also highlights another key characteristic of Mick Clapham’s political career: his opposition to many of Tony Blair’s New Labour policies.
Book: The Road to Wigan Pier’, Left Book Club Edition, by George Orwell, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937. Our Ref: LBC/95
Victor Gollancz was a notoriously interventionist editor. When publishing The Left Book Club’s edition of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier he insisted on prefacing its account of working-class life in the north of England with an introduction disowning its criticisms of middle-class socialists who had little understanding of working class life. He later republished the book leaving out the whole of Part II of which he disapproved.
Book: Our Threatened Values’, Left Book Club Edition, by Victor Gollancz, Victor Gollancz Ltd, with receipt, 1946. Our Ref: LBC/51
Sir Victor Gollancz (1893–1967) formed his own publishing company (Victor Gollancz Ltd) in 1927. The firm published mostly pacifist and socialist nonfiction works as well as a range of contemporary fiction by the mid-1930s. In 1936 Golancz founded The Left Book Club with Stafford Cripps and John Strachey. Each month members received a book selected by the LBC’s panel at a cost of 2s 6d. The books covered a range of subjects such as history, science, economics and international politics, but all titles had a left-leaning slant.
Book: Battle Hymn of China’, by Agnes Smedley, Left Book Club Edition, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1944. Our Ref: LBC/118
This book shows the range of the Left Book Club titles. It is a first hand account of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) from the viewpoint of a left-wing US woman living within ordinary Chinese communities. Agnes Smedley had served as a foreign correspondent in China from 1928 to 1941. During this time she visited many armies, factions and political groups, including many of the future leaders of Communist China when they were living in rural isolation. Though the book describes the war, it is mostly concerned with how different individuals react to the challenges and realities of war.
Photograph of JPW Mallalieu visiting RAF St. Mawgan, June 1966. Our Ref: JPM/3/3/2
Photograph of JPW Mallalieu being fitted with a parachute during a visit to the British Overseas Airways Corporation, 1967. Our Ref: JPM/3/3/3
Photograph of JPW Mallalieu visiting the mess deck on-board HSM Cleopatra, 14 June 1966. Our Ref: JPM 3/3/2