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|Title:||A Legacy Of The Miners' Strike|
|Subtitle:||1 March to 12 April|
|Author:||Doncaster Museum |
|ID & Publication:||20140311009 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (Local) |
The latest Community Gallery exhibition at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is a poignant series of images of local pit sites by photographer Andrew Foley.
The photographs reflect the way that the local landscape has changed since the closure of many of the pits during the Miner's Strike of 1984-85.
Andrew started recording images of the old pit sites in 2007 and says that the photographs reflect the ‘contrast between the current docile nature of these places and the hives of activity they once were. The concrete shaft-caps are like tombstones, a memorial to the spot where Britain's energy was hauled from the earth.
‘My grandfather spent all his working life underground and I have always lived in a mining community, close to where the strike started. I remain constantly aware of how evidence of Britain's heavy industry has steadily diminished, to the point where once-thriving workplaces now offer little acknowledgement of their past.’
Councillor Bob Johnson, cabinet member for Culture, said: ‘Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery hosts a wide variety of fantastic exhibitions all year round.
‘This photography exhibition in the Community Gallery shows contemporary images from the sites of 44 collieries, in the Barnsley, Doncaster and South Yorkshire Coalfields, I'm sure visitors will find it very interesting and illuminating.’
This exhibition will run from 1 March to 12 April at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery www.doncaster.gov.uk/museums.
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