The Thatcher Crisis Years

An era of protest and fury

Sussex University is compiling an online archive of news and ephemera from the 1980s called ‘Observing the 80s’ – a joint project between the Mass Observation Project, the British Library Oral History Collections and the University of Sussex Library. ¬†Click HERE for the related blog.

In the early 1980s, university students comprised a small percentage of the population compared to today – and most came from fairly middle class backgrounds. There was a strong anti-student feeling in many working class areas and this could lead to conflict. I remember local people in Liverpool referring to the Uni as the “hotel …

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