Feb
14
Fri
The Pitman’s Parliament Project @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Feb 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Pitman's Parliament Project @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

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.

For more information, click here.

Mar
6
Fri
Undermined @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Undermined @ Redhills: Durham Miners Hall

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.

Jun
19
Fri
Dennis: Live at Redhills – online concert and EP release @ Online on Facebook @RedhillsDurham
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dennis: Live at Redhills - online concert and EP release @ Online on Facebook @RedhillsDurham

Free video stream of the DENNIS performance at the home of the Durham miners, marking the release of the band’s new EP – ‘DENNIS: Live at Redhills’.

DENNIS, who combine folk rock and colliery brass band music, performed live at Redhills, Durham Miners Hall in December 2018.

Video highlights of the concert, in The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills, will be screened live online on Facebook at 7pm. Link to follow.

June 19th will also see the release of the DENNIS, Live at Redhills EP across streaming services, including Spotify and Apple Music, and on CD.

Dan Gibson, singer with the Hetton-le-Hole-based nine piece band, said: “For our band, coming from a mining community with our families living and working in pit villages, we felt a bursting sense of pride playing at Redhills. It’s such a unique place to play with social and cultural history and important heritage built into every part of the place.”

During the performance, DENNIS were joined for the encore by the national award-winning Houghton Area Youth Band, featuring young musicians from across Durham’s coalfield communities.

JOIN THE EVENT HERE.

Aug
2
Sun
Redhills Guided Tours
Aug 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Redhills Guided Tours

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

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 last 90 minutes and places are limited to 20 per tour. People are advised to book early to secure their places.

A standard ticket costs £6, with concession (over 65/ under 18/ unwaged) priced at £3. A solidarity ticket is £10 for those able to contribute more.

All proceeds will go to The Redhills Appeal – the DMA campaign to renew the Miners Hall as a centre of education, heritage, and culture.

Sep
6
Sun
Redhills Guided Tours
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Redhills Guided Tours

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

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 last 90 minutes and places are limited to 20 per tour. People are advised to book early to secure their places.

A standard ticket costs £6, with concession (over 65/ under 18/ unwaged) priced at £3. A solidarity ticket is £10 for those able to contribute more.

All proceeds will go to The Redhills Appeal – the DMA campaign to renew the Miners Hall as a centre of education, heritage, and culture.