Boot and Shoemakers Strike Temporary Exhibition

Locally, four in ten households had at least one person working in the industry. People worked long hours in dangerous and unhealthy conditions for very low pay. Pulmonary Tuberculosis was prevalent and the average death in the trade was 44 years for men and 45 years for women. The exhibition is full of interesting facts and figures surrounding the boot and shoe manufacturing industry and focuses on the strike that lasted over two years, causing extreme hardship and suffering for the families. It explains the role of the trade unions and the outcomes of the actions taken by the people involved.