Gravedigging, Orgreave, protest marches - new pictures reveal life in Sheffield in the 1980s

A new book devling into Sheffield’s past shows never before seen photos of the city in the 1980s.

Wednesday, 18th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 3:22 pm
Escalator leading from the Hole in the Road to the High Street, Sheffield.

Images of the Past: Sheffield in the 1980s highlights thesocial, industrial and economic changes imposed on the Sheffield area during the 1980s and have been captured with remarkable clarity in this second Images of the Past book featuring the work of freelance photographer Martin Jenkinson.

Authors Mark Metcalf and Justine Jenkinson said: “So whilst some of the images in this book capture joy and laughter they also exhibit suffering.

“They provide a loud cry for social justice, a better world where unemployment is no more, poverty is swept away and everyone, black and white, male and female can enjoy a life where their talents are used for the collective improvement of all.

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British police use riot shields and helmets for the first time in an industrial dispute at the Orgreave Coke works during the 1984-85 Miner’s strike. 29 May 1984.

“Jenkinson's photographs are about a world we still must aim to obtain.”

To buy the book, priced £11.99 click here

Darnall Wagon Works, Sheffield.
Cutlery workers take a break, Sydney Street, Sheffield 1983.
Gravediggers at City Road Cemetery, Sheffield Parks Department, 12 February 1985.
Female Park Patrol officer from Sheffield City Council with her Triumph motorcycle.
Supporters marching with the ‘People’s March for Jobs’, Yorkshire to London leg, as they arrived in Sheffield on 8 May 1981.
In 1983, Maxine Duffus, just 21, became Britain’s first black female bus driver. She had earlier worked, like her dad, Joseph, who arrived in England from Jamaica in 1957, for the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) as a bus conductor before going behind the wheel.
Forge hand on the night shift at George Turton Platts drop forge, Furnival Street, Sheffield, 29 July 1981.
A barcode scanner at a checkout at Sainsbury’s, Sheffield.