Anne Scargill speaks at the People’s Bookshop, screening and discussion with Florence Anderson and Margareta Kern, 13th July 2012

Public Event at People’s Bookshop Durham
Friday, July 13, 2012
6:30pm until 8:30pm

Still from ‘Never done anything like it before’ video, Tyneside women collective Magination Media, 1984/85. Curtesy of Trade Films and Northern Region Film & Television Archive.

As part of the Durham Miners’ Gala weekend, the People’s Bookshop is hosting a film screening of ‘Never done anything like it before’ (details below), a documentary celebrating the role of women during the 1984-85 strike. The film will be followed by a talk about the strike by Florence Anderson, Sunderland city councillor and one of the women who led the ‘Women Against the Pit Closures’ in the Durham Coalfield. There will also be time for discussion and questions.

The ‘Never done anything like it before’ video was made in 1984/85 by Tyneside women collective Magination Media, with the help of local support groups. A celebration of North-East women’s actions during the 1984/85 strikes with anecdotes from 1926 strike, the video is part of The Campaign Tape Project which emerged out of the Film and Video Workshop movement in the 1980s, when a number of campaigning videos were made in support of the miners strike. ‘Never done anything like it before’ will be introduced by Margareta Kern, an artist-in-residence at the School of Applied Social Science, Durham University, who came across the film during her research on the miners strike and campaign videos. Screened with the kind permission of the ‘Northern Region Film & Television Archive’. https://strike1984.wordpress.com/

Florence Anderson led the Eppleton Area Miners’ Support Group during the 1984-85 Miners Strike. She became Sunderland’s first female deputy leader in 2008 and is no stranger to controversy, having made headlines in 2010 over a comment that Margaret Thatcher deserves to “burn in hell”. Earlier this year, she was suspended by the Labour Party hierarchy for a facebook “like” in the group ‘Margaret Thatcher doesn’t have to be dead before we give her a funeral’.

This event has been organised in partnership with Margareta Kern, artist in residence at the School of Applied Social Science at Durham University and is part of her Strike1984 Leverhulme residency.

This should be the perfect way to start your Big Meeting weekend. To book your place, please email info@peoplesbookshop.co.uk or phone 0191 384 4399.


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