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.
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).
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
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.
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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
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.
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.
The annual Christmas Concert at Redhills – with the Durham Miners Association Brass Band.
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.
Last year, the much-loved festive tradition was revived – and opened to the public for the first time.
It returns this year on Saturday 7 December and all are welcome to celebrate in the magnificent setting of The Pitman’s Parliament.
- Doors open at 6.30pm
- The performance will begin at 7pm.
- Mince pies and hot drinks will be served in the Committee Room.
Proceeds will go to The Redhills Appeal – the DMA campaign to renew Durham Miners Hall as a centre for culture, heritage and education.
Professor David Olusoga: We need to talk about Windrush
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Historian, broadcaster and film maker David Olusoga will join us in The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills for this keynote lecture marking Black History Month.
Co-hosted by Durham University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit, Ustinov College and Durham Miners Association, this event is open to all staff and students of Durham University as well as members of the local community, free of charge. Admission is by ticket only and there will be no tickets available on the door on the evening of the event. The event will begin at 18.00 and therefore doors will close at 17.55.
There is limited on-street parking outside of Redhills which is free after 18.00. If you require a disabled access parking space, this can be arranged by notifying Katie Stobbs on email@example.com in advance.
David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker. His most recent TV series include Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). David is also the author of Black & British: A Forgotten History which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His other books include The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year in 2015, The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism and Civilizations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress. David was also a contributor to the Oxford Companion to Black British History and writes for The Guardian and is a columnist for The Observer and BBC History Magazine. He is also one of the three presenters on the BBC’s landmark Arts series Civilizations.
The Redhills Appeal
The event is free of charge, though donations to The Redhills Appeal would be welcome.
The Durham Miners Association marks its 150th anniversary in 2019. The DMA was founded on 20 November 1869, when a small number of miners met at the Market Tavern in Durham city.
Within three years, the association had organised to abolish the system of bonded labour that had operated across the coalfield for generations, and had founded the Durham Miners’ Gala.
By 1915, the DMA had grown in membership to more than 150,000, and had established its magnificent headquarters Redhills: Durham Miners Hall. For generations, elected delegates from each of the county’s collieries met in the council chamber at Redhills, known as The Pitman’s Parliament. From The Pitman’s Parliament, the DMA created a social system across County Durham before the creation of the welfare state. The DMA provided sickness and unemployment benefits, retirement homes, medical care, community centres, libraries, and sports fields.
On 20 November 2018, the DMA launched The Redhills Appeal to secure the future of Durham Miners Hall as a centre for heritage, education, and culture.
To support The Redhills Appeal, go here.
School children will bring the past to life at a public performance in the historic home of the Durham miners.
The event will mark the culmination of an arts and education project at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall.
The Pitman’s Parliament Project will see pupils from St John’s School, Bishop Auckland, explore the tumultuous history of life on the Durham Coalfield through industrialisation, mining disasters, and unionisation.
The pupils will spend five days in the magnificent Redhills, learning about brass bands, banners, and building communities.
The project is a collaboration between education charity Hand Of, the Durham Miners’ Association, The Parliamentary Archives, and brass musicians Clara Hyder, Martin Thomson and Ian Sankey.
Working with historians, archivists, musicians, and artists, the children will create a new and unique performance piece.
St John’s pupils will present their new performance piece at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall on Friday 14 February. Doors open for a drinks reception at 3.30pm. The event is free, by registration here.
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An acclaimed play exploring the Miners’ Strike performed at the historic home of the Durham miners on the anniversary of the start of the dispute.
This performance of Undermined will be followed by a Q&A with actor and writer Danny Mellor, and local people who were active in the strike.
Based on true stories and events from the 1984-85 strike, the play features just one man, one chair, and one pint. It comes to Durham following an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival.
It tells the epic tale of the brave men and women who stood up and fought for what they believed in. It evokes a year when friendships were strengthened, and communities came together in the face of adversity.
Our thanks to Nasuwt North East for their support for this event.
• Doors open at 7pm
• Performance begins at 7.30pm followed by a discussion and Q&A
• Refreshments will be served in the Committee Room
Age rating for the show is 14+.
Tickets are priced £6 and £4 concessions (over 65, under 18, unwaged), with a solidarity price at £10 for those able to contribute more and support our efforts to renew Durham Miners Hall. All proceeds to The Redhills Appeal.