Jun
22
Sat
The Big Meeting – Film Premiere @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Big Meeting - Film Premiere @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

The premiere of ‘The Big Meeting’ – a new feature film about the Durham Miners’ Gala.

The 94-minute film explores the meaning of the Gala and follows some of the people who make it such an inspiring event. It also includes contributions from Gala supporters including Dennis Skinner and Jeremy Corbyn.

The film will go on general release in cinemas later this summer.

Join the stars of the film and some special guests and see it first. The premiere, at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Saturday 22 June, will feature a panel discussion with director Daniel Draper and some of the stars of the film (TBA).

Proceeds from the film premiere will go to the Marras – Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala, which was established to fund the event following the closure of the collieries.

• Doors open at 6pm
• Introductions at 7pm followed by film.
• A panel discussion and Q&A with Daniel and stars of the film will follow the screening.

Jul
12
Fri
The Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture with Shami Chakrabarti @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture with Shami Chakrabarti @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti will give this year’s Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture on the eve of the Durham Miners’ Gala.

The event, at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall, is in tribute to the longest-serving General Secretary of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA).

The current DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum will introduce the event, which will also hear from Ed Yankovich, Vice-President Emeritus of the United Mine Workers of America. Mary Stratford of Education 4 Action will chair.

Tickets are on sale now with all proceeds going to the Marras – Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala.

A standard ticket is priced £5, with an unwaged ticket at £3. A solidarity ticket is also available for those able to contribute more in support of the Gala, and to enable us to offer a lower priced ticket while covering the costs of hosting the event.

• Doors open at 4pm

• The event will begin at 5pm

• Refreshments will be served in the Committee Room

The event forms part of Education 4 Action‘s Durham Miners’ Gala fringe programme.

Sep
14
Sat
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Sep 14 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

The Durham Miners Association is delighted to host two open days, welcoming visitors to explore the building and grounds at Redhills.

Part of the national Heritage Open Days programme, these free events provide an opportunity to see inside the Grade II listed ‘Pitman’s Parliament’, recognised by Historic England as one of the country’s 100 Irreplaceable Places.

Open from 11am – 4pm, visitors will be welcomed to our Open Days by our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers and staff. Normally only accessible via pre-arranged guided tour, this is your chance to find out about the 150 year history of the Durham Miners Association, hear stories from the Durham Coalfield and learn about our vision for the future.

Please register to book your free place.

Sep
22
Sun
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Heritage Open Days @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

The Durham Miners Association is delighted to host two open days, welcoming visitors to explore the building and grounds at Redhills.

Part of the national Heritage Open Days programme, these free events provide an opportunity to see inside the Grade II listed ‘Pitman’s Parliament’, recognised by Historic England as one of the country’s 100 Irreplaceable Places.

Open from 11am – 4pm, visitors will be welcomed to our Open Days by our knowledgeable and friendly volunteers and staff. Normally only accessible via pre-arranged guided tour, this is your chance to find out about the 150 year history of the Durham Miners Association, hear stories from the Durham Coalfield and learn about our vision for the future.

Please register to book your free place.

Oct
3
Thu
THE FUTURE WE BUILD @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
THE FUTURE WE BUILD @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

An evening of music and memories, history and heritage, featuring original works by renowned composer Steve Robson and the NASUWT Riverside Brass Band, in collaboration with St John’s musicians.

Join students from St John’s for a special one-off performance in the magnificent Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall.

The event will feature music and poetry inspired by the mining heritage and culture of the Durham Coalfield. Students will also join the award-winning NASUWT Riverside Brass Band to premiere new work from composer Steve Robson, as well perform some much-loved classics. 

Proceeds from the event will go to The Redhills Appeal, the campaign to renew Durham Miners Hall as a centre for heritage, education and culture. To find out more, visit redhillsdurham.org.

Titled ‘The Future We Build’ – from the motto of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) – the concert if culmination of a school project exploring the history of Redhills, and the heritage and culture of the coalfield.

Students visited Redhills and researched the history of the DMA and the coalfield. They then worked with renowned composer Steve Robson and leading brass musicians to create new music inspired by their findings.

Music inspired by history and heritage of Redhills will be prominent throughout the evening. There will also be poetry by Tommy Armstrong, and folk music from St John’s musicians. The concert will also feature a varied programme of well-known brass band music.

‘The Future We Build’ is at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Thursday 3 October. Doors open at 7pm, with the performance beginning at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Tickets are priced £5 (standard) and £4 concessions (under 18s/ retired/ unwaged).

Oct
6
Sun
Common People celebration with Kit De Waal @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 6 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Common People celebration with Kit De Waal @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir, which celebrate the depth and texture of working-class life. The collection brings together established and emerging writers who redefine what it means to be working-class. 

At this special event, a selection of the contributors will gather in The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills to read from their work and discuss their experiences as working-class writers.

The event – part of Durham Book Festival – will also feature the premiere of a short film from emerging Durham writer Louise Powell, inspired by her childhood experiences at Easington dog track. 

Kit de Waal is the author of My Name is Leon and The Trick to Time and the editor of Common People. Kit and Louise will be joined by emerging writers Adam Sharp and Jodie Russian-Red and acclaimed author Paul McVeigh, whose novel The Good Son won the Polari Prize. 

Chaired by John Mitchinson, Unbound

Dave Randall: The Political Power Of Music + The Kets @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 6 @ 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Dave Randall: The Political Power Of Music + The Kets @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Musician, author and activist Dave Randall discusses his book Sound System – The Political Power of Music.

The guitarist from Faithless will appear in the Executive Room at Redhills as part of the Durham Book Festival.

The event will also include a set from County Durham band The Kets.

More info and tickets: wegottickets.com/downbytheriver

Oct
24
Thu
The 4th Industrial Revolution – panel discussion @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 4th Industrial Revolution - panel discussion @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
The 4th Industrial Revolution describes the exponential changes to the way we live, work and relate to one another due to the adoption of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems.

The Common Room and Redhills invite you to discuss, learn from and question our panel of experts on the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Chris McDonald, CEO of the Materials Processing Institute  Chris is Chair of the UK Metals Council, member of the North East Council of the CBI and Policy Chair for Innovation & Enterprise at the Federation of Small Businesses.

Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary of Northern Trades Union Congress Beth oversees the delivery of the TUC’s campaign plan and the “North East Better Health at Work Awards”, as well as representing the Northern TUC on several boards, including for Employment and Skills.

Gerald Moore, Philosopher of Technology at Durham University Gerald is co-director of the Centre for Culture and Ecology, and researches the political and social issues thrown up by automation, including the relationship between technology and the kinds of work we deem to be good, or life-enhancing.

Alison Reynolds, Strategic Human Resources and Organisational Development Consultant Alison is also a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has a wealth of strategic experience within engineering and manufacturing.

For further details please contact The Common Room Programme Coordinator on 07825 438578 or email Susan.Ford@TheCommonRoom.org.uk

Nov
17
Sun
Norman Cornish Centenary Lecture @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Norman Cornish Centenary Lecture @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

NORMAN CORNISH CENTENARY LECTURE

The life of former pitman and professional artist Norman Cornish will be celebrated with a special lecture at the historic home of the Durham miners on the eve of his centenary anniversary.

The fully illustrated lecture will be delivered by Cornish family member Mike Thornton on Sunday November 17 at 2pm at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall.

Norman, who was born on 18 November 1919, painted numerous scenes of pitmen, his community and his beloved Durham Miners Gala. He became one of the leading 20th century British artists and his work is held in public and private collections throughout the UK and beyond.

Durham Miners Hall, known as The Pitman’s Parliament, has been designated as one of the country’s top 100 irreplaceable places by Historic England.

Mike Thornton said: “We have toured the region with the lecture about Norman and The Pitman’s Parliament is the most appropriate place to deliver it on the day before his birthday. Norman’s work records and represents the life of mining in County Durham and his depictions of pit life and the Miner’s Gala is well known. We hope as many people as possible will join us for the day.”

The lecture is being hosted by Durham Miners Association (DMA) which celebrates its 150th anniversary on November 20 – just three days after the lecture.

DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum said: “It is an honour to host this important event, particularly as the two anniversaries are so close together. Norman’s work is a central part of the representation of our unique mining heritage and culture. We are glad that his family have chosen the Pitman’s Parliament for the event.”

The event will also feature Tony Gadd, poet-in-residence for the Cornish Centenary, reading his poem about the Durham Miners’ Gala.

Dec
5
Thu
Ken Loach: Sorry We Missed You @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ken Loach: Sorry We Missed You @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Director Ken Loach is coming to the home of the Durham miners for a screening of his acclaimed new film.

Sorry We Missed You is a powerful exploration of the contemporary world of work, the gig economy and the challenges faced by one family trying to hold it all together.

The two-time Palme D’Or winner will take part in a Q&A at a special screening at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Thursday 5 December.

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

Set in Newcastle, the film by writer Paul Laverty and the team behind I, Daniel Blake, is both an intimate family drama and an angry, meticulously researched indictment of a callous, inhumane economic system.

The screening will begin at 7pm on Thursday 5 Decemeber. Doors open at 6pm and refreshments will be served in the Committee Room. Parking on site at Redhills is limited and restricted to blue badge holders only. Nearby on street parking is free after 6pm. Redhills is a short walk from both Durham railway and bus stations.

The 15-rated film runs for 100mins and will be followed by a Q&A with Ken Loach.