Following on from Experience Barnsley’s fantastic and critically acclaimed looking back at Barnsley’s Women Against Pit Closures, Coal Not Dole; and continuing a year long programme of events which looks back at the Miner’s Strike.
This Autumn, The Civic, Barnsley is holding not one, but three exhibitions, a piece of theatre and an award winning documentary.
Here’s a looks at what’s on:
NUM BANNERS – THE ASSEMBLY ROOM @ THE CIVIC
WED 27 AUG – SAT 6 SEP
The NUM banners depicted the history and politics of the collieries and were a huge source of pride for NUM (National Union of Miners) members. As well as at gala’s and rallies, banners were also prominently displayed during protest marches, including during the 1984-85 strike against pit closures. See them displayed at The Civic.
In partnership with Barnsley Museums.
COALFIELDS: A LEGACY OF THE MINER’S STRIKE – THE GALLERY@ THE CIVIC
SAT 6 SEP – SAT 15 NOV
Photographer Andrew Foley examines the changed landscape of mining communities since the 1984-85 strike through contemporary images from the sites of all 44 collieries in the Barnsley, Doncaster and South Yorkshire Coalfields that were open immediately prior to the dispute.
Coalfields also features Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller’s 2001 installation, The Battle of Orgreave Archive (An Injury to One is an Injury to All). The installation comprises of texts, documents, objects, videos and other archival material, which provides a context for examining the intertwined narratives of two events: the 1984 strike by the National Union of Mineworkers (in particular the specific confrontation between striking miners and the police that occurred at the Orgreave Coking Plant in Yorkshire on 18 June 1984), and Jeremy Deller’s 2001 re-enactment of the same conflict.
PIT PROFILES: RE-PROFILED – PANORMA@ THE CIVIC
SAT 6 SEP – SAT 31 OCT
First previously shown at the National Mining Museum, this is an absorbing and thought-provoking exhibition of miners’ portraits and their personal stories by local photographer Anton Want.
Pit Profiles: Re-Profiled is the result of a project jointly funded by the National Coal Mining Museum for England and Arts Council England.
RED LADDER THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
WE’RE NOT GOING BACK – ASSEMBLY ROOM@ THE CIVIC
THU 18 SEP – SAT 20 SEP
We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less.
But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’.We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… and all with humour, song and a six pack of Babycham.
Tickets: £12 / £10 (Full price/Concession)
STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN – ASSEMBLY ROOM@ THE CIVIC
SAT 25 OCTOBER
Winner of the Sheffield Documentary Festival Audience Award, ‘Still the Enemy Within’, is a unique human insight into one of Britain’s most dramatic struggles, the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike.
No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw emotional story of the extraordinary people who drove Britain’s longest strike.
‘Shaken, moved and exhilarated I found it compelling viewing… if ever a film is a must-see this is it’ – JOHN DUNN (an ex-Derbyshire NUM branch official, now NUJ and Unite Community)