The first demonstration in protest at the government’s proposed changes to tuition fees was held on 10 November 2010 in central London, where approximately 30,000 to 52,000 protesters gathered to oppose government plans to raise tuition fees to a maximum of £9,000, cuts to university teaching budgets and ending the EMA (education maintenance allowance). Ian MacDonald was there to capture the events of the day, which reached its climax as protesters stormed campaign headquarters of the Conservative Party, Millbank Tower.
To coincide with the publication of Student Revolt, an oral history of the Millbank Generation, we’ll be publishing a series of blogs looking at the legacies and lessons learned from 2010 and other student movements.
Ian Macdonald is a photographer currently living in Yorkshire. He works independently, focusing mainly on political protest photography. He has photographed a range of subjects including the Anti-Poll Tax protests of the early 90s in Glasgow and London, Scottish political protests including anti-war movement, pro-independence and anti-independence events, G20 Protests in London, Anti-austerity movement, Student movement and the UK Uncut demonstrations. Visit his website here.
Student Revolt: Voices of the Austerity Generation by Matt Myers is available from Pluto Press