Unity is Strength: Durham Miners’ Gala

@ Mining Art Gallery

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22 June 2022 - 30 December 2022

The first Big Meeting was hosted in Wharton Park, Durham, on 12 August 1871, when miners came together in their struggle for fair pay and better working conditions. Since then, the Gala has grown and evolved to include political speeches, a procession of banners through the streets of Durham, and the Miners’ Festival Service at Durham Cathedral. The Gala continues to be a colourful, joyful and emotive celebration of County Durham’s mining communities to this day.


The exhibition features mining art from lenders across the region as well as pieces from the renowned Gemini Collection, including artwork by mining artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish. Together these artworks embody the spirit of the Big Meeting and demonstrate its significance for the people of County Durham.

Mining Art Gallery, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP

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