The previously untold stories of women working in mining communities across Durham and Northumberland are being brought to the surface in a special exhibition.
Women played a fundamental role in the regional coal mining communities of the 1800s but it’s often overlooked.
This exhibition, which will include a wide range of artworks, archive images and personal histories, will highlight the tenacious spirit of these women, whether working at the colliery as Pit Brow Lasses (a regional term for women who earned their wage hauling tubs or picking stone from coal) or taking on multiple jobs to keep a roof over their families’ heads.
In spite of multiple attempts to force them from their role at the pit head, Pit Brow Lasses continued in their roles until the last one retired in 1976.
Angela Thomas, Curator of the Mining Art Gallery, The Auckland Project, said: “With 2018 marking 100 years since some women in the UK were granted the right to vote, this is the perfect time to shine a light on the significant but often overlooked role of women in the northern coalfields.”
Breaking Ground – Women of The Northern Coalfields will run at Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland until Sunday 24th March 2019.
Entry to the temporary exhibition is included with admission to Mining Art Gallery, priced at £5.00 adults, £4.00 for concessions (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged) and £1.00 for under 16s.
For more information, visit aucklandproject.org.