Official opening of new special exhibition 'In Our Own Words : the language of mining'


Date: Tuesday 9 February Time: 10:30am

Location: the National Coal Mining Museum for England

The National Coal Mining Museum for England opens new exhibition exploring the language of Miners In Our Own Words – the language of coal mining
9 February – 8 May 2016

With the recent announcement of their new Museum Director, Mike Benson, The National Coal Mining Museum for England now unveils their newest exhibition: In Our Own Words – the language of coal mining on 9 February. The exhibition is an exploration of the words used by miners to describe their working world, and looks at how these words and phrases differ around the British coalfields.

Inspired by the work of local historian George Redmonds, the exhibition utilises his intriguing mining glossary of words from the medieval period in West Yorkshire. The Museum have explored the part that words have played in the British coalfields through the ages, and which are likely to survive now that the final deep-coal mine has closed. The objects and art within the show illustrate what the words are about, but the exhibition also has spoken word, from the Museum’s own miners as well as others; song, including a sample from the latest ‘Full English Extended’ English Folk Song and Dance Society project, and poetry.

Visitors are encouraged to add their own mining terminology to the Museums’ online glossary; this will extend the Museum’s oral history collection to represent more fully the coalfield regions in Britain.

During the exhibition period there will be Sunday afternoon live performances in the Museum’s café, the new Mining, Music and Words events, on 6 March, 3 April and 8 May. Visitors will be able to listen to music and words inspired by the lives of coal miners and life in Yorkshire or even share their own work with others.

Mike Benson, Museum Director, comments: “I’m delighted to open In Our Own Words as my first exhibition here as it has been inspired by the very people who worked and lived in mining communities. We’re really excited for our visitors to add their own words to our collection, so that we can further build our connections with coalfields around the country. Yorkshire is well-known for its charming colloquialisms and we hope that this exhibition will evoke memories, inspire new audiences and be enjoyed by visitors from local areas and further afield.”

The exhibition runs from 9 February – 9 May 2016 and is open daily 10am – 5pm.

The Museum is free entry.

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Editor’s Notes

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