The Art of Mining: BBC (East Midlands) 2018.

The Art of Mining aims to tell the story of coalmining people in the East Midlands through their art.  It is one of a number of English regional programmes which are part of the Civilisations UK initiative. It will be signposted by five key artefacts:

  • Paintings – including the work of George Bissill (1896 – 1973) , sometimes described as Derbyshire’s forgotten Pitman Painter.
  • Photographs – telling the story of how the lost Bestwood Colliery Glass Slides from the 1930’s were found.
  • Miners Union Banner – The story of the Banners, proud symbols of identity, politics and protest (below)
  • Architecture – Looking at some of the pit buildings in the East Midlands which survived the demolition ball and went on to make up the coalmining heritage of the region in the 21st century.
  • Sculpture – The East Midlands region is adorned with statues and memorials commemorating the coal age.  Sometimes they are jokingly referred to as Coal Age Burial Mounds!  Included in this section will be the story of the 5 wooden statues at Brierley Park Visitors Centre, Sutton-in-Ashfield, which depict the 5 miners who were killed in the Sutton Colliery disaster of 21st February 1957 (above).

Filming will take place at former coalmining venues through the East Midlands from January to the end of March 2018.  Whitehouse Media Ltd will be producing the documentary, which is planned to be broadcast on BBC 1 TV I(East Midlands) n the early summer of 2018.