On the 11th of July from 3pm until 10pm Women’s Banner Group are taking over Redhills for the day as part of a week long series of fringe events organised by Education4Action (E4A).
At our FREE event entitled ‘Redhills Revolution: A Celebration of Women’, we have music, performances, speeches and poems. There will also be a bar, tea tent and WBG merchandise on sale.
The WBG have been on the ‘Great Banner Hunt’ for several months now, and there will be a large selection of Women’s banners from politics, the miners’ strike and the community displayed around Redhills on the day.
We will also be unveiling our beautiful Community Banner which is the culmination of four months of hard work by 12 groups of women in the local community and our amazing quilter Mary Turner. This banner is being marched at Durham Big on Saturday 14 July 2018 and has the honour of being blessed in the cathedral.
Please feel welcome to come along and march shoulder to shoulder with women in strength and solidarity!!!
We have some amazing and well known acts lined up on the day:
- Ed Pickford
- Kay de Ath
- Marie Little
- Gem Andrews
- Geraldine Murray
- Rachel KirkThere will also be performances from:The County Durham Socialist Choir and a selection of stories, anecdotes and songs from the play “84”.Register for your free ticket(s) using the Eventbrite link here
Following the resounding success of the inaugural memorial lecture in 2017 Education 4 Action are proud to present the Dave Hopper Memorial Lecture in the Pitman’s Parliament with two leading Labour women shadow ministers. Emily Thornberry and Laura Pidcock.
Dave Hopper was a lifelong socialist, activist and internationalist. It is therefore fitting in this the International Year of Woman and the centenary of the first stage in Women’s Suffrage that the lecture will be delivered by two Labour shadow ministers Emily Thornberry (Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) and chaired by Laura Pidcock (NW Durham MP and Shadow Minister for Labour).
Join us for what promises to be a great evening. Demand is likely to be high -to ensure your seat book your seat on Eventbrite here: https://bit.ly/2LHC6FT
Join The Northern TUC for their 150th Anniversary After-Gala Garden Party
Following this years Durham Miners’ Gala we will be hosting a Garden Party in the stunning grounds of Redhills, Miners Hall to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the TUC.
We will be joined by leading figures from the trade union and Labour movement including TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and other friends of the TUC.
There will be:
- Free food
- Special Guest Speakers
- Beer Tent
The People’s Bookshop are delighted to welcome Liam Young to this Fringe event in the The Committee Room at Redhills: Durham Miners Hall. Liam will be talking about his book Rise, a fascinating insider account of how the youth movement in the Labour Party galvanised the nation and how he saw Jeremy Corbyn inspire young people to demand a fairer, more equitable society.
Liam Young has campaigned for Jeremy Corbyn since 2015, and is now emerging as one of the most influential voices on the Left.
In association with The People’s Bookshop
This event is part of Durham Book Festival
This event and special commission commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which granted some women in the UK the right to vote for the first time and was an important step towards universal suffrage.
We commissioned writer and composer Sarah Sayeed (BBC Verb New Voices 2018) to write a dramatic monologue which will weave together the lives of two women: the real life Victorian suffragette Princess Sophia Singh and the fictional Prem, a contemporary British Asian woman who is campaigning for justice within her own community.
Following a short performance, Sarah will be joined in conversation with author Caitlin Davies, whose book Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades uses Holloway Prison, which played a pivotal part in the suffragettes’ campaign and housed Emmeline Pankhurst and Alice Wheeldon, as a starting point to explore a history of women’s incarceration. Historian Fern Riddell will join the panel to discuss Death in Ten Minutes, the story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion, whose story she tells through Kitty’s own diaries.
Chaired by Caroline Beck
This event is part of Durham Book Festival
Mining stories are integral to the history of County Durham; however, the stories of the women and girls who lived in the world above the pit are not heard as frequently as those of their male counterparts.
Durham Book Festival commissioned writer Lucie Brownlee to interview women in Easington, many of whom were activists during the miners’ strike. In particular, Lucie will consider how living in ‘the world above’ the pits shaped the lives and characters of four women across three generations, spanning 100 years. Lucie will also undertake a residency in the archives at Redhills, home of the Durham Miners’ Association, exploring the many stories of the mining community held there.
This special event will bring together Lucie Brownlee, with Durham activists Heather Wood and Charlotte Austin, to discuss the mining community of the past, and how the decimation of this community impacts the future for the women and girls who live there today.
The audience will hear a soundscape of the colliery women’s voices and view a special light installation inspired by Lucie’s research, situated in the grounds of Redhills.
Chaired by Dr Jennifer Luff, Durham University
Supported by Arts Council England
This event is part of Durham Book Festival
Redhills: Durham Miners Hall are proud to present a special performance by DENNIS, with support from the Houghton Area Youth Band.
Folkrock roots & Colliery Brass Band from the pit town of Hetton whose ethos, songs and lyrics are native to a working class and cultural heritage.
DENNIS have performed at Glastonbury Festival plus sell-out shows at Durham Gala Theatre, Live Theatre Newcastle and Sage Gateshead.
Debut album ‘Open Your Eyes’ is available now (Sapien Records Ltd) following the success of three previous EP releases, numerous radio stations plays (inc. BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, Introducing & local BBC shows) and have received generous support from Blogs and National Press.
BBC Radio 6: “Fantastic!” – Steve Lamaq
HOUGHTON AREA YOUTH BAND:
A youth brass band of young musicians from Hetton, Houghton and surrounding areas, with national successes in brass competitions & performances.
Please note: There will be a bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments
Other ways to support
If you would like to support Redhills but are unable to attend, you can help in other ways.
A much-loved festive tradition is returning to the magnificent setting of Redhills: Durham Miners Hall.
The Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) has announced the return of its annual Christmas Concert. Until the turn of the century, 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.
The concert returns to Redhills this Christmas – and everyone is invited.
The popular DMA Brass Band will perform in the magnificent Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills on Saturday, December 8.
Tickets, priced just £5, are on public sale now. All proceeds from the event will go to help secure the future of the historic home of the Durham miners. Hot drinks and mince pies will be served.
Joe Whitworth, Chairman of the DMA, said: “We look forward to welcoming the public into our home this Christmas for a wonderful evening of music with the outstanding DMA Brass Band.
“The Christmas Concert was a festive highlight for many Durham miners and their families, and we are delighted that it is returning as a public event. This is in keeping with our plan to renew Redhills and return it to the people.
“We hope that this event will be the first of many, and that the DMA Christmas Concert will once again become a highlight of the festive season.”
The Miners Hall, opened in 1915, was recently named as one of Historic England’s top 100 places in the history of the country. For more than a century, it was at the centre of the work and culture of the Durham Coalfield. Today, the DMA is working to ensure the future of the Redhills for generations to come as a centre of education, heritage, and culture.
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.
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***UPDATE*** – Durham Brass Festival has been postponed until 2022. Read more here.
‘Eleanor Rigby for the Durham coalfield’
North East band Field Music have joined forces with the Durham Miners Association (DMA) for a new musical project exploring the region’s coal mining heritage.
The band will debut ‘Binding Time, Songs and Stories from the Durham Coalfield’ in the home of the DMA as part of this year’s Brass Festival.
Field Music has been working with the DMA on the project, visiting Redhills and researching the rich history of the Durham coalfield to inspire new compositions featuring brass band music.
The Mercury Award nominees will perform two sets in The Pitman’s Parliament at Redhills, Durham Miners Hall, on Sunday 18 July. The band will be accompanied by members of NASUWT Riverside Brass Band. Support comes from Gateshead singer-songwriter Ami McGuinness.
The concerts will take place on Sunday 18 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Capacity has been limited and tickets are being sold socially distanced.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 11 June online here: https://brassfestival.co.uk/brasspost/field-music/