Martin Jenkinson was responsible for some of the most striking images that have helped to document the political and industrial struggle in Britain over the last 30 years.
Originally from Hertfordshire, he moved to Sheffield in 1976 and worked as an engineer at Tinsley Wire where he became an active trade unionist before becoming a full-time photographer specialising in industrial and trade union assignments.
He died of cancer in June 2012 and now a book of his pictures of the miners’ strike has been published this month to mark the 30th anniversary of the longest national strike in British history and a dispute which changed the face of Britain.
Images of the Past: The Miners’ Strike was put together – with the help of his widow, Edwina, and daughter Justine – by Yorkshire writer and former picket line regular Mark Metcalf and Sheffield photographer Mark Harvey.
The book features famous photographs he took at Orgreave coking plant in 1984 including the arrest of Arthur Scargill, a picket wearing a jokeshop copper’s helmet talking to a line of policeman and mounted policemen wielding batons which were seen all round the world and have since become historical documents. But it also includes photographs that have never been seen before and shows the side of the dispute which didn’t make the headlines such as political campaigning, especially by the Women Against Pit Closures, soup kitchens parties for children, and the toll on communities
More than 100,000 members of the National Union of Mineworkers, their families and supporters, battled to prevent the destruction of the coal industry on which their livelihoods and communities depended.
At the heart of the conflict was the Yorkshire region, where even at the end of March 1985, the vast majority of its 56,000 miners were still out on strike
Images of the Past: The Miners’ Strike is published by Pen & Sword and is priced at £14.99.