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With another list of newly added materials and our new Spotlight on: The Struggle Against The Poll Tax, we were once again spoiled for choice which document to single out this month, with tons of cool posters, leaflets and newspapers to pick from.
This month we have added a lot of anti-Poll Tax materials to the Digital Library, as well as the usual assortment of bits and bobs found at the bottom of boxes.
This time we want to put the spotlight on records documenting the campaigns against the Poll Tax in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Given how puzzling as it is to live through these times (to put it mildly), future historians and other researchers (zooming about in their jetpacks and flying cars) will surely also be puzzled when they look back at them. Please help us to help them finding more than just records of government announcements and newspaper headlines. So if you come across interesting materials, be it neighbourhood leaflets, signs in windows, art displays etc., please feel free to take a photograph and email it to us, ideally with a bit of information (where, when, etc.)! And remember that very often the mundane is super interesting a few decades or centuries down the line.
Thank you very much.
Please stay safe and support each other - from a safe distance!
Our document of the month this is time is Blot #02, a publication by the National Union of School Students (late 1970s). Apparently described by school heads as a publication ‘which many parents and pupils have found extremely offensive and objectionable’, it addressed issues like bullying, abortion, life as an LGBTQ+ pupil, and anti-fascist action.
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