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Thatcher Collection

Margaret Thatcher, a trailblazing English politician, left an indelible mark on history with her unwavering determination and strong leadership

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
MARGARET THATCHER nee ROBERTS First woman to be British Prime Minister (Conservative) 1979-90

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher 1925-

Margaret Thatcher 1925-
MARGARET THATCHER nee ROBERTS First woman to be British Prime Minister (Conservative) 1979-90

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher on the campaign trail

Margaret Thatcher on the campaign trail
Margaret Thatcher, leader of the Conservative Party, on the campaign trail, waving from a coach. Date: 1970s

Background imageThatcher Collection: Thatching the roof of the Hermitage headquarters of the Selboorne Society at Hanwell

Thatching the roof of the Hermitage headquarters of the Selboorne Society at Hanwell
Thatching the roof of the " Hermitage " headquarters of the Selboorne Society at Hanwell, with reeds grown on the estate of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Mr Buckland, a Hampshire man at work

Background imageThatcher Collection: English politician. Photographed at her home in Chelsea, England, 1975

English politician. Photographed at her home in Chelsea, England, 1975, shortly before being named leader of
MARGARET THATCHER (1925- ). English politician. Photographed at her home in Chelsea, England, 1975, shortly before being named leader of the Conservative Party

Background imageThatcher Collection: Thatcher Rock

Thatcher Rock
A picturesque glimpse of the weel-know Thatcher Rock at Torquay, Devon, England. Date: 1950s

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
Portrait of Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister 1979-1990

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
Portrait of Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister 1979-1990

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher at Marazion Community Centre

Margaret Thatcher at Marazion Community Centre
Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister, enjoying a Cornish pasty and a cup of tea during her visit to Marazion Community Centre, Cornwall. Also present are David Harris MP and the Lady Dowager St Levan

Background imageThatcher Collection: Friedrich Von Hayek

Friedrich Von Hayek
FRIEDRICH VON HAYEK Austrian economist Margaret Thatcher places a laurel wreath on his head

Background imageThatcher Collection: Dodie Smith at home in Essex

Dodie Smith at home in Essex
Dorothy Gladys (Dodie) Smith (1896 - 1990), English novelist and playwright whose works include the play Autumn Crocus and the childrens novel

Background imageThatcher Collection: Illustrated London News 1979, Thatcher and Callaghan

Illustrated London News 1979, Thatcher and Callaghan
Front cover of the Illustrated London News, May 1979 featuring portraits of James Callaghan, Labour leader and incumbent Prime Minister and Tory Party Leader, Margaret Thatcher

Background imageThatcher Collection: Thatcher, Sidney Chun, splitting a spar - Marlborough

Thatcher, Sidney Chun, splitting a spar - Marlborough
A thatcher, Sidney Chun (1903-1985), wears protective clothing, including a cricket shin pad, while splitting spars before thatching a roof at Marlborough - date: 1950s

Background imageThatcher Collection: Battle Union Workhouse, Sussex

Battle Union Workhouse, Sussex
The Battle Union workhouse, designed by Frederick Thatcher, was erected in 1840. It later became Battle Hospital. Date: Date unknown

Background imageThatcher Collection: Thatcher at work renewing thatch on cottage, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Thatcher at work renewing thatch on cottage, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThatcher Collection: Jonathan Thatcher riding cow to Stockport Market

Jonathan Thatcher riding cow to Stockport Market
Jonathan Thatcher rode his cow to Stockport Market on 27 November 1784 in defiance of Pitts Horse Tax. 1784

Background imageThatcher Collection: Prime Ministers of Great Britain

Prime Ministers of Great Britain
Winston Churchill, James Callaghan, John Major, Harold Macmillan, Tony Blair, Harold Wilson, Alec Douglas Hume, Gordon Brown, Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher - Prime Ministers of Great Britain

Background imageThatcher Collection: Thatching The Rest a cottage at Selworthy Green, Somerset

Thatching The Rest a cottage at Selworthy Green, Somerset (for a more recent - 1950s! - view, see 10826269). Date: circa 1920s

Background imageThatcher Collection: The Thatcher, Ireland - Irish Country Life Series postcard

The Thatcher, Ireland - Irish Country Life Series postcard

Background imageThatcher Collection: Water reed cutter, East Anglia, early 1900s

Water reed cutter, East Anglia, early 1900s

Background imageThatcher Collection: Thatcher Rock, Torquay, South Devon

Thatcher Rock, Torquay, South Devon - Painted by landscape artist Alfred Robert Quinton for the Sevenoaks based publishing and printing company J. Salmon, and reproduced as a local view postcard

Background imageThatcher Collection: The fair Danseuse showing three London fashion outfits

The fair Danseuse showing three London fashion outfits
Advance designs for the fair Danseuse showing three London fashion outfits, December 1923: two gowns from Reville and a Mason Lewis hat worn by Heather Thatcher Date: 1923

Background imageThatcher Collection: Pendulum of Fashion showing three London fashion outfits

Pendulum of Fashion showing three London fashion outfits
The Pendulum of Fashion showing three London fashion outfits, December 1923; two gowns by Phelps-Paquin (Elspeth Phelps and Paquin) and a Maison Lewis hat worn by Heather Thatcher Date: 1923

Background imageThatcher Collection: Advertisement for Marshall and Snelgrove hats. Captioned, Smart Hats for Present Wear'

Advertisement for Marshall and Snelgrove hats. Captioned, Smart Hats for Present Wear'. Showing Artistic felt hat modelled by Miss Heather Thatcher, actress, (1896-1987)

Background imageThatcher Collection: Students demonstrating over grant offer

Students demonstrating over grant offer
Students demonstrating over a 4% grant offer, in the days when students were awarded grants rather than loans. More than 75

Background imageThatcher Collection: NALGO union members campaigning with placards

NALGO union members campaigning with placards
NALGO (National and Local Government Officers Association) union members, gas office and fitting staff, campaigning with placards outside the headquarters of the North Thames gas board, 14 July 1981

Background imageThatcher Collection: Members of NUTGW campaigning

Members of NUTGW campaigning
Members of NUTGW (National Union of Tailors and Garment Workers), NATSOPA (National Society of Operative Printers and Assistants)

Background imageThatcher Collection: Conservative Party Conference 1979

Conservative Party Conference 1979
A stall at the 96th Conservative Party Conference, Blackpool, October 1979, selling Maggie rock and plastic straw boaters with a ribbon stating, We all won with Maggie'

Background imageThatcher Collection: Welsh miners wives banner

Welsh miners wives banner
Welsh miners wives hold up their banner on a demonstration during the national miners strike of 1984 - 85. The banner reads

Background imageThatcher Collection: Denis Thatcher, British businessman and PM's husband

Denis Thatcher, British businessman and PM's husband
Major Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Baronet (1915-2003), British businessman, best known as the husband of Margaret Thatcher, nee Roberts, British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageThatcher Collection: Goat expresses opinion on Margaret Thatcher

Goat expresses opinion on Margaret Thatcher
A white goat expresses its opinion on Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Its cardboard handwritten notice reads: Stop acting the goat

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher and Francois Mitterand

Margaret Thatcher and Francois Mitterand
Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013), Conservative British Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990, now Baroness Thatcher. Seen here with Francois Mitterand (1916-1996), President of the French Republic

Background imageThatcher Collection: Political demonstration against Margaret Thatcher

Political demonstration against Margaret Thatcher
A political demonstration against Margaret Thatcher, with photographs of her on display bearing the words Not Wanted, and another one saying Stop Thatcher Now

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher (Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, nee Roberts, 1925-2013), who served as British Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990

Background imageThatcher Collection: Thatcher Margaret Hilda Baroness Roberts 1925

Thatcher Margaret Hilda Baroness Roberts 1925
thatcher, margaret, hilda, baroness, roberts, 1925, british, tory, conservative, prime, minister, pm, politics, politician, political, mp, member, parliament, government, 1979, 1990, 1980s, 80s

Background imageThatcher Collection: Margaret Thatcher with President Sadat of Egypt

Margaret Thatcher with President Sadat of Egypt
Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013), British Prime Minister, with the Egyptian President, Mohammad Anwar el Sadat (1918-1981). Date: August 1981

Background imageThatcher Collection: Spitting Image puppet of Margaret Thatcher

Spitting Image puppet of Margaret Thatcher
A puppet of Margaret Thatcher, British Conservative Prime Minister, used on the satirical TV programme, Spitting Image. The book is Spycatcher by Peter Wright

Background imageThatcher Collection: People campaigning on behalf of London teachers

People campaigning on behalf of London teachers
A group of people campaigning on behalf of London teachers. The placards read: "Where have London teachers gone? Gone to the provinces every one

Background imageThatcher Collection: Mikhail Gorbachev with Margaret Thatcher

Mikhail Gorbachev with Margaret Thatcher
Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (b 1931), Soviet leader, General Secretary of the Communist Party (1985-1991), last head of state of the USSR (1988-1991)

Background imageThatcher Collection: GEOFFREY HOWE (1926 - )

GEOFFREY HOWE (1926 - )
GEOFFREY MP and Thatcher's longest serving cabinet minister. Became Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1979. Made a life peer in 1992. Date: 1979

Background imageThatcher Collection: Eli the Thatcher, 1913 (oil on canvas)

Eli the Thatcher, 1913 (oil on canvas)
2632477 Eli the Thatcher, 1913 (oil on canvas) by Rothenstein, William (1872-1945); 76.5x63.3 cm; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; © Manchester Art Gallery ; © NPL - DeA Picture Library

Background imageThatcher Collection: DDE-90039096

DDE-90039096
USA, Massachusetts, Cape Ann, Rockport. Thatcher Island, South Lighthouse Tower. Date: 15/10/2009

Background imageThatcher Collection: DDE-90039095

DDE-90039095
USA, Massachusetts, Cape Ann, Rockport, Thatcher Island. Sunrise. Date: 15/10/2009

Background imageThatcher Collection: Ronald Thatcher

Ronald Thatcher USA Northern Trust Open PGA Tour Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, California, USA 17 February 2011 Date: 17 February 2011

Background imageThatcher Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Couvreur (en paille); Thatcher; Strohdecker (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Couvreur (en paille); Thatcher; Strohdecker (engraving)
7195600 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Couvreur (en paille); Thatcher; Strohdecker (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageThatcher Collection: Luscanen, Brittany, 1906. Creator: Donald Shaw MacLaughlan

Luscanen, Brittany, 1906. Creator: Donald Shaw MacLaughlan
Luscanen, Brittany, 1906

Background imageThatcher Collection: Tools used in roof thatching, West Country, UK

Tools used in roof thatching, West Country, UK
Tools used in roof thatching in the West Country, UK. Date: circa 1960s



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Margaret Thatcher, a trailblazing English politician, left an indelible mark on history with her unwavering determination and strong leadership. Born in 1925, she rose to prominence as the leader of the Conservative Party and became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. With her iconic blue power suits and signature hairstyle, Thatcher commanded attention wherever she went. Whether it was on the campaign trail or at her home in Chelsea, England, this formidable woman exuded confidence and charisma. In one captivating photograph from 1975, taken just before she assumed leadership of the Conservative Party, Thatcher's steely gaze hinted at the transformative changes that lay ahead for Britain under her rule. Thatcher's influence extended beyond politics; even mundane activities like thatching a roof became symbolic of her resilience. As seen when she personally worked on repairing the Hermitage headquarters of Selboorne Society at Hanwell - a testament to both her hands-on approach and dedication to serving others. The image captured during Thatcher's visit to Marazion Community Centre showcased another facet of her character: compassion. Engaging with people from all walks of life was crucial to understanding their needs and aspirations—a quality that set her apart as a true stateswoman. Yet amidst all these powerful moments, there were also glimpses into Margaret Thatcher's personal life. From enjoying leisurely moments by Thatcher Rock or sharing lighter moments while splitting a spar with Sidney Chun Marlborough—these snapshots revealed a more relaxed side to this influential figure. Even after leaving office, Margaret Thatcher continued making waves within society. Whether visiting Battle Union Workhouse in Sussex or hosting esteemed guests like Dodie Smith at home in Essex—she remained dedicated to championing causes close to her heart long after stepping down as Prime Minister. Margaret Thatcher will forever be remembered as an extraordinary leader who shattered glass ceilings and reshaped British politics. Her legacy serves as inspiration for generations yet unborn, reminding us that determination and conviction can pave the way for change.