As the 30th anniversary of the end of the Miners' Strike is on 5th March, we will be revising our project from last year which marked the 30 years since the beginning of the Miners' Strike of 1984. I posted there the great resources we found to study the topic.
The new guardianwitness page of photographs and personal stories will be an interesting read; there should be things there I can share with the children.
A great starting point for kids to gain background in this topic is the brilliantly child-friendly interactive page online at
BBC Primary History - Victorian Children Working in Coal Mines
It covers conditions and the child labour laws which can lead you into talking about the formation of unions and conditions through the years, and then the strong working communities that grew up around it.
Is this an anniversary you will be covering with your kids (whatever your political feelings on the matter) ?