Elevenses, Thursday 21 March, Commemorating the Miners’ Strike

Tea Cup with biscuit

2024 marks 40 years since the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike with many museums commemorating the anniversary.  Join us for an online Elevenses with presentations about some of the exhibitions and events taking place and the opportunity to share your own plans.  The session will provide the opportunity for museums to signpost and promote what is happening in the sector for the anniversary.

We hope this session will help start conversations about how museums in former coalfield communities can improve networking, potentially plan to develop a subject specialist network, and deliver both partnership projects and sharing, support events.  It may also help provide links to improve connectivity with the mining sectors in Wales and Scotland.

We welcome the New CEO of the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield, Lynn Dunning, to introduce the session.

We will hear from:

  • The National Coal Mining Museum and their project 84/85 – The Longest Year with a yearlong exhibition and programme of events.
  • Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham about their exhibition Days of Laughter, Days of Pain: The Miners’ Strike in Rotherham, 1984-5.
  • The Danum Gallery, Library and Museum at Heritage Doncaster will discuss their commemorative exhibition, some of the challenges faced in this co-curation project and how mining heritage impacts the present in an ex-mining town.
  • The People’s History Museum, Manchester will discuss their approach to the commemoration along with their event programme.
  • Yorkshire and North East Film Archives, in partnership with Teesside University, are making a 15 minute film ‘In the Veins: Coal Communities’ that brings together over a century of archive footage to reveal the story of coal and its connection with communities across the North East of England. Find out more about the production and how you might screen the film.

If you would are commemorating the Miners’ Strike and would like to present in the session, please get in touch, contact sue.hughes@ymt.org.uk.  You can of course also share your plans as part of the discussion section.

Insightful, interactive and informal, come along to gain new insights from our guests, meet colleagues from the region, and connect with the MDY team. Everyone who works and volunteers in museums is most welcome, including museum freelancers who want to stay connected.

There’s no need to book, just click the link below on the day:

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If you have any questions about Elevenses, you are new to Microsoft Teams and would like to arrange a familiarisation session, or if you’d like to speak about your current or emerging work at Elevenses please contact Sue Hughes at: sue.hughes@ymt.org.uk.