‘Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock’, reads the striking large red banner that hangs on a wall in the centre of Barnsley Museum’s latest exhibition.
Part of one of the many public collections created this year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike, it is one of the only ones dedicated to telling the story of the women who fought alongside them on the picket lines and in the communities.
Including cabinet upon cabinet of pamphlets, posters, photos and memorabilia alongside screened interviews of members from local Women Against Pit Closures, it provides a fascinating insight into the importance of their support campaign for the whole community.
It also casts light on how the struggle galvanised many women to take a new public role in what had traditionally been, in public, very male dominated communities.
The exhibition, which is in Church Street, is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and until 4pm on Saturdays until June 1.
I’ll be going just before it ends next Friday and will post a full review after, but make sure you don’t miss seeing it yourself!