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July 2, 2022

36 Fascinating Black and White Photos Capture Lives of Belfast Kids From the Late 1980s

The United Kingdom in the 1980s was a time of turmoil, with severe recession and mass unemployment leading to widespread distress and resistance.

Following a period of economic slowdown and industrial strife in the 1970s, the Conservative government of the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher initiated a radical policy of monetarism, deregulation, particularly of the financial sector and labor markets, the sale of state-owned companies, and the withdrawal of subsidies to others. There were also major changes to the governance of the UK with the establishment of devolved administrations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland around the end of the 20th century.

In April and May 1988, while working for the Militant Newspaper, Dave Sinclair visited Belfast and photographed the lives of the children in a city affected by social and political changes. Take a look:


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