"Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners" banner at London Pride 1985 [984x745]

"Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners" banner at London Pride 1985 [984x745]

"United in support but not combined to injure" - slogan adopted by many trade unions in the 19th century

"United in support but not combined to injure" - slogan adopted by many trade unions in the 19th century

National Silk and Textile Workers, Scotland (Dundee)

National Silk and Textile Workers, Scotland (Dundee)

Sheetmetal Workers and Steelworkers: banners from our North American collection

Sheetmetal Workers and Steelworkers: banners from our North American collection

North Seaton banner at Woodhorn, Northumberland

North Seaton banner at Woodhorn, Northumberland

Northern Districts (NSW) banner as part of Miners federation centenary, 1915-2015 Sydney Trades Hall

Northern Districts (NSW) banner as part of Miners federation centenary, 1915-2015 Sydney Trades Hall

Seamen's union banner at the Home Front exhibit, National Museum of Australia, 2015

Seamen's union banner at the Home Front exhibit, National Museum of Australia, 2015

Unions were among the first groups to use art to convey a collective identity and seek public recognition and support. One medium for this was trade union banners, which union members took on public marches and events. Banners were often elaborate and finely detailed, depicting workers and symbols of the union. Here unionists march behind the Federated Seamen's Union banner in a march to Wellington's Newtown Park during the 1913 waterfront dispute. Zoom in for a detailed look at the banner.

Unions were among the first groups to use art to convey a collective identity and seek public recognition and support. One medium for this was trade union banners, which union members took on public marches and events. Banners were often elaborate and finely detailed, depicting workers and symbols of the union. Here unionists march behind the Federated Seamen's Union banner in a march to Wellington's Newtown Park during the 1913 waterfront dispute. Zoom in for a detailed look at the banner.

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