‘My Life as a Pitman’ is a wonderful collection of 40 paintings which record the various jobs Oliver Kilbourn carried out during his working life as a miner, from his early work as a ‘pom-pom boy’ to his time as a ‘salvage drawer’. Kilbourn himself described this collection as his biography in paint. Explaining his motivations for creating the series he said, ‘Some people write their memoirs when they retire, but because I am a poor writer and much better artist, I decided to paint my memoirs as a pitman.’
These tours are part of the ‘Pitmen Painters: Resurfacing’ summer season at Woodhorn Museum. Make the most of your visit by enjoying the connected programme of exhibitions.
Booking is essential and places are strictly limited as the tours take place in our museum stores.
To make sure you don’t miss out on this rare opportunity, book your place by calling 01670 624455 during museum opening hours.