The last pit in the Durham coalfield closed in 1994. Yet, phenomenally, the powerful culture of mining lives on.
The Future We Build
Redhills – bringing the spirit of the Gala to Durham all year-round in 2023.
Ownership of Redhills: Durham Miners Hall has been handed over to the people of the Durham Coalfield by the Durham Miners Association (DMA) as an exciting renovation project begins. The project will see the transformation of the Miners hall into a centre for culture, heritage and education to celebrate the past that we inherit and the future we build.
The Miners Hall will be restored to its former glory becoming a living archive of the Durham coalfield and a centre of learning for schools, the local community and the wider public. It will tell the people’s history of Durham coalfield through guided tours opening up the building and its collections as never seen before.
Redhills will become a hub of cultural activity, where community groups can meet, brass bands and choirs of the county can perform, and artistic talent can showcase their work. The 60 banner groups that proudly maintain their coalfield communities’ colours and parade them every year at the Miners’ Gala will have a shared home.
A charitable organisation has also been constituted to serve as stewards of the Miners Hall on behalf of the community who have shaped and informed the future we are building for Redhills.
None of the plans for the future would be viable without the support of key stakeholders who have pledged their continued support. In 2021, the project was awarded £4.5million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund; Durham County Council also supports protecting the region’s heritage for future generations with £1.1m. The DMA has worked tirelessly to raise the remaining funds from trades unions and other supporters to make the vision a reality.
If you would like to keep up to date with the renovation of Redhills and learn more about the exciting programme of events planned for opening in 2023, you can do so by signing up to the Redhills mailing list below or by visiting https://redhillsdurham.org/signup/