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

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


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.