The travelling exhibition ‘Dealing with the Past: Coal, Community and Change (1965-2015)’ is currently on at Mansfield Museum until 30th March 2019. The coal industry, once a main employer in the East Midlands, has a long and proud association with the arts and this travelling exhibition aims to deal with the contested memories of coalmining in the region through a selection of iconic photographs
Funded by the Global Heritage Research Fund at Nottingham Trent University, it aims to cover different important aspects of coal mining in the region during a time of rapid change. These include coal communities, the role of women in coal mining, the impact of closures and rationalisation, strikes and industrial action and legacies of the industry in today’s society.
The exhibition is free to attend with the Museum being open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Please feel free to leave your comments on the post cards and/or post its, the aim is to try and gather public opinion on the role of East Midlands coalmining during the fifty-year period 1965-2015 and what legacies it has left for future generations.
After Mansfield, the Exhibition moves to Chesterfield Museum during April 2019. Later venues include Harworth Town Hall (North Notts), the National Coalmining Museum for England and Conkers Discovery Centre.
Research Associate in Coal and DialectNottingham Trent University
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