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.

Durham Miners Association Christmas Concert
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Durham Miners Association Christmas Concert

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.





David Olusoga: We need to talk about Windrush @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
David Olusoga: We need to talk about Windrush @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

Professor David Olusoga: We need to talk about Windrush

***Rearranged from October 28***

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 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.