The 1980s was a crucible of change. Britain changed more than most countries, and at the epicentre of that change sat Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. A controversial figure who is hated and lionised in equal measure. Many who worked closely with her admired her forthrightness and non-nonsense approach to politics and power. However, others who worked equally closely ended up not being able to stand her at any price.
It's easy for the intensity of Thatcher's early years to be forgotten. Like all political careers (according to Enoch Powell anyway) hers ended in failure and rejection, she was voted out by her own party. But when she was "the New" - whilst her particular brand of capitalism was changing the root and branch nature of Great Britain and its industry, those were intense times - an intensity that burned many who tried to stand in its way.
As always, the archive holds the most vivid artefacts of the era. The passion, the fire, the determination, the anger, the resolve, the disagreements, the words of battle, the condemnation and the happy moments. They're all here: In interviews and speeches and semi-informal conversations, this is Margaret Thatcher. A Prime Minister unlike any other in our history, divisive and inspirational - bringing about profound change that would change our nation's trajectory forever, reshaping society and repositioning its dividing lines in a way that is still vividly evident today.
A fascinating reminder if you lived through it all, a vivid lesson in modern history if you didn't.
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