The Thatcher era

The Thatcher era
Margaret Thatcher and Denis Thatcher on a visit to Northern Ireland (catalogue reference PREM 19/1547) View in the image library

1981 was a testing year for Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government, which was battling to reduce inflation during a global recession.

Industries were folding, unemployment was soaring and Chancellor Geoffrey Howe had just delivered a tough budget in March.

Against this backdrop, there were a series of riots across England, from April to July.

Image: Margaret Thatcher and Denis Thatcher on a visit to Northern Ireland (catalogue reference PREM 19/1547). View in the image library