Oct
7
Sun
Liam Young: Rise @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The People’s Bookshop are delighted to welcome Liam Young to this Fringe event in the The Committee Room at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall. Liam will be talking about his book Rise, a fascinating insider account of how the youth movement in the Labour Party galvanised the nation and how he saw Jeremy Corbyn inspire young people to demand a fairer, more equitable society.

Liam Young has campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn since 2015, and is now emerging as one of the most influential voices on the Left.

In association with The People’s Bookshop

This event is part of Durham Book Festival

Song for Sophia: Radical Women Then and Now: Sarah Sayeed, Caitlin Davies and Fern Riddell @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This event and special commission commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women in the UK the right to vote for the first time and was an important step towards universal suffrage.

We commissioned writer and composer Sarah Sayeed (BBC Verb New Voices 2018) to write a dramatic monologue which will weave together the lives of two women: the real life Victorian suffragette Princess Sophia Singh and the fictional Prem, a contemporary British Asian woman who is campaigning for justice within her own community.

Following a short performance, Sarah will be joined in conversation with author Caitlin Davies, whose book Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades uses Holloway Prison, which played a pivotal part in the suffragettes’ campaign and housed Emmeline Pankhurst and Alice Wheeldon, as a starting point to explore a history of women’s incarceration. Historian Fern Riddell will join the panel to discuss Death in Ten Minutes, the story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion, whose story she tells through Kitty’s own diaries.

Chaired by Caroline Beck

This event is part of Durham Book Festival

Lucie Brownlee: The World Above @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Mining stories are integral to the history of County Durham; however, the stories of the women and girls who lived in the world above the pit are not heard as frequently as those of their male counterparts.

Durham Book Festival commissioned writer Lucie Brownlee to interview women in Easington, many of whom were activists during the miners’ strike. In particular, Lucie will consider how living in ‘the world above’ the pits shaped the lives and characters of four women across three generations, spanning 100 years. Lucie will also undertake a residency in the archives at Redhills, home of the Durham Miners’ Association, exploring the many stories of the mining community held there.

This special event will bring together Lucie Brownlee, with Durham activists Heather Wood and Charlotte Austin, to discuss the mining community of the past, and how the decimation of this community impacts the future for the women and girls who live there today.

The audience will hear a soundscape of the colliery women’s voices and view a special light installation inspired by Lucie’s research, situated in the grounds of Redhills.

Chaired by Dr Jennifer Luff, Durham University

Supported by Arts Council England

This event is part of Durham Book Festival

Dec
1
Sat
DENNIS – live in concert + Houghton Area Youth Band @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Redhills: Durham Miners Hall are proud to present a special performance by DENNIS, with support from the Houghton Area Youth Band.

 

DENNIS
Folkrock roots & Colliery Brass Band from the pit town of Hetton whose ethos, songs and lyrics are native to a working class and cultural heritage.

DENNIS have performed at Glastonbury Festival plus sell-out shows at Durham Gala Theatre, Live Theatre Newcastle and Sage Gateshead.

Debut album ‘Open Your Eyes’ is available now (Sapien Records Ltd) following the success of three previous EP releases, numerous radio stations plays (inc. BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, Introducing & local BBC shows) and have received generous support from Blogs and National Press.

BBC Radio 6: “Fantastic!” – Steve Lamaq

www.dennisband.com

FB: www.facebook.com/dennis.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dennisband


HOUGHTON AREA YOUTH BAND:
A youth brass band of young musicians from Hetton, Houghton and surrounding areas, with national successes in brass competitions & performances.

FB: www.facebook.com/haybband

Please note: There will be a bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments 


Other ways to support

If you would like to support Redhills but are unable to attend, you can help in other ways.

Dec
8
Sat
Christmas at Redhills with the DMA Brass Band @ Redhills:Durham Miners Hall
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A much-loved festive tradition is returning to the magnificent setting of Redhills: Durham Miners Hall.

The Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) has announced the return of its annual Christmas Concert. Until the turn of the century, the concert was a highlight of the festive season for DMA members and their families, who would come to Redhills for a special brass band performance.

 

The concert returns to Redhills this Christmas – and everyone is invited.

The popular DMA Brass Band will perform in the magnificent Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills on Saturday, December 8.

Tickets, priced just £5, are on public sale now. All proceeds from the event will go to help secure the future of the historic home of the Durham miners. Hot drinks and mince pies will be served.

Joe Whitworth, Chairman of the DMA, said: “We look forward to welcoming the public into our home this Christmas for a wonderful evening of music with the outstanding DMA Brass Band.

“The Christmas Concert was a festive highlight for many Durham miners and their families, and we are delighted that it is returning as a public event. This is in keeping with our plan to renew Redhills and return it to the people.

“We hope that this event will be the first of many, and that the DMA Christmas Concert will once again become a highlight of the festive season.”

The Miners Hall, opened in 1915, was recently named as one of Historic England’s top 100 places in the history of the country. For more than a century, it was at the centre of the work and culture of the Durham Coalfield. Today, the DMA is working to ensure the future of the Redhills for generations to come as a centre of education, heritage, and culture.

Mar
2
Sat
Redhills Guided Tours @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Redhills Guided Tours @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Explore the history and meaning of Redhills with a guided tour of the home of the Durham Miners’ Association.

The programme of guided tours is the first in the 103-year history of Redhills, which was recently selected by Historic England as one of the country’s 100 Irreplaceable places.

With the help of expert guides, visitors will be able to explore The Pitman’s Parliament, where elected delegates from each of Durham’s collieries met for generations. The tour will also include the rooms and corridors of Redhills which serve as a living archive of labour movement history and culture.

The guided tours, offered in partnership with mining and labour heritage organisation Education 4 Action (E4A), last 90 minutes. Places are limited to 15 per tour and people are advised to book early to secure their places.

A standard ticket costs £5, with unwaged priced at £3. A solidarity ticket is £10 for those able to contribute more, helping us offer lower priced tickets. All tickets include a Redhills booklet worth £2 and proceeds will go to The Redhills Appeal – the DMA campaign to renew the Miners Hall as a centre of education, heritage, and culture.

DMA Programme Director Ross Forbes said: “Redhills is a unique and extraordinary place. It moves and inspires people who visit, and we are delighted to be able to open our doors to the public with these guided tours.

“The tours are in keeping with our plans to return Redhills to the people, and we are sure everyone who joins us will find it a fascinating experience.”

Book your place here.

Give your support to The Redhills Appeal here.

Ricky Tomlinson at Redhills @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ricky Tomlinson at Redhills @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
*ALL TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT HAVE SOLD OUT*

Join Ricky Tomlinson for a fundraising event in The Pitman’s Parliament.

Ricky will be in conversation with Kevin Maguire, associate editor of The Daily Mirror at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Saturday, March 2.

He will discuss his life, activism, and career and take questions from the audience.

Proceeds from the event will go to The Redhills Appeal, the Durham Miners Association (DMA) campaign to renew its historic home as a centre for education, heritage and culture.

Ricky said: “I’m looking forward to coming to the Miners Hall in the spring to help raise funds for the Redhills Appeal. I’m honoured to be taking part in this appeal and we’re going to make it a very successful appeal.”

The thanks of the DMA go to Ricky and to Kevin for giving their time to the cause.

Pre-Christmas early bird tickets are on sale now for £10, then priced £12.50 in the New Year.

Mar
6
Wed
Redhills Guided Tours @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Redhills Guided Tours @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Explore the history and meaning of Redhills with a guided tour of the home of the Durham Miners’ Association.

The programme of guided tours is the first in the 103-year history of Redhills, which was recently selected by Historic England as one of the country’s 100 Irreplaceable places.

With the help of expert guides, visitors will be able to explore The Pitman’s Parliament, where elected delegates from each of Durham’s collieries met for generations. The tour will also include the rooms and corridors of Redhills which serve as a living archive of labour movement history and culture.

The guided tours, offered in partnership with mining and labour heritage organisation Education 4 Action (E4A), last 90 minutes. Places are limited to 15 per tour and people are advised to book early to secure their places.

A standard ticket costs £5, with unwaged priced at £3. A solidarity ticket is £10 for those able to contribute more, helping us offer lower priced tickets. All tickets include a Redhills booklet worth £2 and proceeds will go to The Redhills Appeal – the DMA campaign to renew the Miners Hall as a centre of education, heritage, and culture.

DMA Programme Director Ross Forbes said: “Redhills is a unique and extraordinary place. It moves and inspires people who visit, and we are delighted to be able to open our doors to the public with these guided tours.

“The tours are in keeping with our plans to return Redhills to the people, and we are sure everyone who joins us will find it a fascinating experience.”

Book your place here.

Give your support to The Redhills Appeal here.

Mar
8
Fri
International Women’s Day @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
International Women's Day @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

The historic home of the Durham miners hosts a special International Women’s Day celebration, featuring the premiere of a new film about the Women’s Banner Group.

The event at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall will include the first chance to see Of Whole Heart Cometh Hope. The new documentary by Amber Films tells the story of the Women’s Banner Group (WBG), created to celebrate the achievements of women.

The film follows the progress of the group, which involves people from all over County Durham, from the start of the project to last year’s Durham Miners’ Gala, when the banner was processed through the streets of the city.

The screening will be held in the magnificent Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills, the home of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA). The DMA recently launched The Redhills Appeal to renew its historic home as a centre for education, culture, and heritage.

After marching at last year’s Gala with a patchwork banner, the WBG are fundraising for a traditional painted silk banner to parade at this year’s Big Meeting, on Saturday July 13.

The evening will also include a Q&A with filmmakers and members of the WBG, guest speakers and a licensed bar.

The event is free, but donations would be welcome. Any money raised will be divided equally between the Women’s Banner Group and The Redhills Appeal.

For more information about the Women’s Banner Group, email: womensbannergroup@gmail.com

For more information about Redhills, email admin@redhillsdurham.org, or call 0191 3868413.

Apr
3
Wed
Redhills Guided Tours @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Redhills Guided Tours @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Explore the history and meaning of Redhills with a guided tour of the home of the Durham Miners’ Association.

The programme of guided tours is the first in the 103-year history of Redhills, which was recently selected by Historic England as one of the country’s 100 Irreplaceable places.

With the help of expert guides, visitors will be able to explore The Pitman’s Parliament, where elected delegates from each of Durham’s collieries met for generations. The tour will also include the rooms and corridors of Redhills which serve as a living archive of labour movement history and culture.

The guided tours, offered in partnership with mining and labour heritage organisation Education 4 Action (E4A), last 90 minutes. Places are limited to 15 per tour and people are advised to book early to secure their places.

A standard ticket costs £5, with unwaged priced at £3. A solidarity ticket is £10 for those able to contribute more, helping us offer lower priced tickets. All tickets include a Redhills booklet worth £2 and proceeds will go to The Redhills Appeal – the DMA campaign to renew the Miners Hall as a centre of education, heritage, and culture.

DMA Programme Director Ross Forbes said: “Redhills is a unique and extraordinary place. It moves and inspires people who visit, and we are delighted to be able to open our doors to the public with these guided tours.

“The tours are in keeping with our plans to return Redhills to the people, and we are sure everyone who joins us will find it a fascinating experience.”

Book your place here.

Give your support to The Redhills Appeal here.