Miners’ Strike event at biggest festival yet

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Margaret Thatcher’s legacy and the Miners’ Strike 30 years on are set to come under the spotlight in Sheffield next month - at the biggest festival of its kind in the country.

Both city universities are hosting 33 separate events at the 2013 Festival of Social Science, running from November 2 to 9.

Members of the public, schoolchildren and professionals are invited to debates, exhibitions, workshops and plays as part of the week-long event to showcase new research.

On November 7 Sheffield University will host The Miners’ Strike After 30 Years, discussing how the event should be commemorated.

The day before, at Hallam, public sector and voluntary workers will be urged to say whether they feel empowered or demoralised under the current coalition government.

Other events include Risky Business, a look at information management in digital enterprises, Fun with Family Literacy, where under-fives will meet their favourite nursery rhyme characters, and Assessing the Legacy of Thatcherism, investigating the role the concept has played in the history of post-war Britain.