Demonstration placard carried by the Communist led National Unemployed Workers

 
Demonstration placard carried by the Communist led National Unemployed Workers
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 21cm x 32cm

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Demonstration placard of stiffened linen with wooden strengthening bars top and bottom. Painted in red & black with the caption 'There are 5 large kitchens in the Royal Household we eat, sleep and live in one room'.
The placard was carried in a march organised by the Communist led National Unemployed Workers Movement against the Unemployment Act of 1934. The act established a new system for administering unemployment benefit but contained several controversial measures, including compulsory training in labour camps.
1934 and 1935 saw many national demonstrations against the act. In January 1935, unemployed demonstrators invaded the House of Commons and fighting broke out. On 24 February a large march through London ended in eight arrests. This placard is one of a series contrasting the wealth of the royal family with the poverty of the unemployed.

Image Details

Date
 
1934 AD - 1935 AD
Image Number
 
010291

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