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Stories from the collection

Discover the stories behind the collection. Learn about the people, places and events featured in our records.

Each collection insight takes an in-depth look into a group of the records we hold.

The story of The 1888 matchgirls' strike

Read about The 1888 matchgirls' strike

In 1888, the women and girls employed by Bryant & May in the East End of London went out on strike. Why did these workers feel so driven to remove their labour?

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Browse and explore the human stories behind The National Archives’ collection.