'Digging Deep: Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage & The North East' Exhibition

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Digging Deep Coal Miners of African Caribbean Heritage The North East

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This exhibition is available to view on select dates between 25 September to 1 November, but booking is required. If you have already booked a ticket for a workshop, activity or performance, access to this exhibition is included on the same date. Otherwise, you will need to book a general admission ticket to access this exhibition.

If tickets are not available for the month you would like to visit, please check back later as tickets are added on a monthly basis.

Date: Select dates between Saturday 25 September – Monday 1 November

Times: 10am – 4pm,


Digging Deep: Miners of African Caribbean Heritage’ will go on show at The Common Room (formerly known as The Mining Institute) in Newcastle city centre, from 25 September until 1 November 2021.

The exhibition includes personal stories and memories from miners, portraits, artworks and creative writing which draw attention to the diversity of the North East’s mining industry, contrasting with typical narratives surrounding mining communities.

Supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, The Common Room is working in partnership with Norma Gregory and Nottingham News Centre CIC, which specialises in sharing history relating to people of diverse heritage, and in 2020 commissioned research into the lives and legacies of people of colour who contributed to the North East’s industrial past.

Curator Norma Gregory will give a free talk about the exhibition on Friday 24 September 2021, 7pm-9pm. Also, a creative arts family day titled, ‘Digging Deep Industrial Artistry’ will take place on Saturday 25 September from 10am-3pm with time after for sharing art and creative writing produced.

Tickets also enable visitors to access other exhibitions and historical spaces at The Common Room (on select dates), including: a 12ft knitted model of a Tyne & Wear Metro train; The Polymorphic Carbon Library (an interactive exhibition about humans’ relationship with carbon and the climate emergency); and a LEGO model of the building, made by LEGO artist Steve Mayes.

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