Few periods of modern history have captured the imagination quite like the 1980s – a decade of social and economic change that marked the start of life as we know it today.
On Thursday 21st September, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is set to hold a public event to discuss the impact of the era’s industrial decline on the women of Teesside.
Organised by Rebecca Saunders as a means of research to support her PhD at Teesside University, this event will move away from traditionally male-dominated recollections of the local area during this period, while granting women’s experiences a much-needed opportunity for discussion.
During the event, there will be a focus upon how the policies of Margaret Thatcher’s government, be they economic or political, impacted on the local area – such as through unemployment and industrialisation.
1980s pop culture is also expected to play a significant role in the discussion, through the politicising of mass media and industrial action. Rebecca Saunders’ work interviewing local women on their experiences of Teesside during this era ‘provide a greater understanding of the impact of de-industrialisation on families and the wider Teesside community, and provide a record for future generations’. Consequently, MIMA and Saunders’ event is expected to feature an insightful and distinctive take on women, Teesside and the 1980s.
This event is scheduled to take place on Thursday 21st September between 5:30pm and 7:00pm at MIMA, Middlesbrough and more information can be found online at visitmima.com. If this event is of interest to you then be sure to also check out MIMA’s ‘Wilderness Way’ exhibition – featuring art created in response to the period – before it ends on Sunday 8th October.