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Images of the Past: Sheffield in the 1980s (Paperback)

Featuring Images by Sheffield Photographer Martin Jenkinson

P&S History > By Century > 19th Century P&S History > Social History Photographic Books World History > UK & Ireland > England > Yorkshire & Humberside

By Justine Jenkinson, Mark Metcalf, Photographs by Martin Jenkinson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Images of the Past
Pages: 146
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781526761361
Published: 6th November 2019



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The social, industrial and economic changes imposed on the Sheffield area during the 1980s are captured with remarkable clarity in this second Images of the Past book featuring the work of freelance photographer Martin Jenkinson (1947-2012). The former steelworker and adopted Sheffielder’s knowledge of his fellow citizens' lives gave him a unique understanding, which he used to capture some incredible images of those troubled times.

In Sheffield in the 1980s the reader will find themselves drawn into remembering a decade of remarkable changes, some good but many for the worse. It was something that many northern England and Scottish cities experienced during this period, while at the same time, parts of south east England, especially the City of London, boomed. The gap between north and south became a chasm.

Jenkinson, who constantly sought ways to improve his skills, photographed people in their everyday lives at work and at play. However, where he excelled was his work with the trade union and labour movement in workplaces, on protests, demonstrations and pickets. His photographs in such situations create a political awareness that fills the page and forces the observer to seek to find out more.

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

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Bradway Bugle

A fabulous book for lovers of photography with a social conscience, and for anybody interested in the recent history of Sheffield and of the UK in general.

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Author Translator, Olga Nunez Miret

Images of The Past: Sheffield in The 1980s by Mark Metcalf and Justine Jenkinson. This is a pictorial look into a city that had a very turbulent decade and shows Sheffield's problems. It was a city finding it hard to change from its deep and long connection to coal and the industries dependent on it. The book provides an excellent pictorial insight into the struggles the community had trying to adapt to a new world. It is now a city reborn.

It would be nice to see a second book looking at how the city is today. An interesting read and one for the bookshelves of anyone interested in the North of England.

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For the Love of Books

I have read a few books in this series now and they are lovely books, this one gives a great view back in time of what was a time of political unrest and striking from the workforce in some of the industries that dominated the area at the time. I found that the book was well written and informative too.

It is 4 stars from me for this one and as a lover of social history books it was a great read – highly recommended!

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Donna's Book Blog

What was really enjoyable was seeing some of the old places that had been there for many years and are now gone. The book also put across all the important events that happened and a lot did go on in Sheffield. As the book covers industry, democracy, local government, sports and the people of the town. This is a thoroughly good book and would recommend it to others, especially those that come from the city. It would be interesting to see which other cities are going to be covered in the series.

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UK Historian

About Justine Jenkinson

Justine Jenkinson, Martin Jenkinson’s daughter, gave up her job as a HR personal assistant in the Civil Service in 2015 to run her father’s image library full time. This was to enable her to keep his legacy alive by continuing to contribute his images to publications and exhibitions. Justine is exploring her father’s archives to find images that haven’t been widely seen before, which will then be added to the Martin Jenkinson Image Library website. Twitter: @MJImageLibrary

About Mark Metcalf

A full-time writer for over a decade, Mark Metcalf has written many books on football clubs and players, particularly prior to WWI, rediscovered numerous previously hidden football facts and organised a series of Professional Football Association plaques to former greats. An accomplished public speaker, he writes regularly for the Big Issue North magazine and Unite the Union.

About Martin Jenkinson

Martin Jenkinson was the official Yorkshire National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) area photographer during the period that included the miners’ strike of 1984/85. In addition to his NUM work, Martin was also commissioned by many other unions, notably the National Union of Teachers and the TGWU/Unite. A former steelworker, Martin combined his politics and belief in workers’ rights, equality and social justice with his passion for photography. He died of cancer aged 64 in June 2012.

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