Digging Deep presents narratives and experiences of former coal miners, of African Caribbean heritage, black miners who contributed to the UK mining industry during the 20th – 21st century, until the closure of deep coal mining in the UK, in 2015.
Digging Deep, Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage is presented at Woodhorn Museum through film, photography and original artwork. Former miners’ personal journeys into coal mining and collective celebration of resilience, are captured and presented here, through this ground-breaking exhibition, which aim to shed light through awareness of their dedication and survival as ‘brothers beneath the surface’ underground and for some, on the surface too.
This under-explored history, collated researched and curated by historian, Norma Gregory (MA, BA, PGCE) at Nottingham News Centre, a social enterprise specialising in community heritage preservation and media production, along with many volunteers, contributing artists and supporting organisations, aims to share new knowledge and awareness of diversity in UK former mining workforce labour and the significance and potential impact of the industrial heritage sector through creative arts, nationally and globally today.
Find out more at: www.blackcoalminers.com. Digging Deep is part of the Black Miners Museum Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund Midlands & East, Communities Inc. Nottingham, the National Coal Mining Museum for England and The Voice Newspaper, London among others.