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Dame Freya Madeline Stark, by Malcolm Bell Jr, April 1979 - NPG x87286 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dame Freya Madeline Stark

by Malcolm Bell Jr
colour print, April 1979
8 in. x 10 in. (203 mm x 253 mm)
Given by Muriel Bell, 1994
Photographs Collection
NPG x87286


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  • Place made and portrayed: Italy (Asolo, Treviso, Italy)

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Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minster. She came to power with the electoral slogan, 'Labour isn't working', and set about her aim to reverse Britain's economic decline by reducing the role of the state in the economy and championing entrepreneurship and the free market.

Art and science

Monty Python's Life Of Brian, is released causing controversy, but gaining box-office success and classic status. The film is in many ways a classic farce, with much of its humour deriving from the mistaken identity of the protagonist, Brian Cohen. But, as his mother tells us: 'He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.'

International

Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 'for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.' Mother Theresa established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India; an organisation that pledged to give 'Wholehearted and Free service to the poorest of the poor.' Soviet troops invade Afghanistan and begin a 10-year occupation, resisted by Mujaheddin Afghan guerrilla fighters.

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