The Less-Favoured Land: a powerful new exhibition of photographs by Patrick Ward, capturing life in two mining communities during the 1960s.

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is proud to be showing a collection of iconic photographs by award-winning UK photographer, Patrick Ward.

The Less-Favoured Land provides a glimpse into the lives of the mining communities of Horden, County Durham and Workington, Cumbria, during the 1960s. The images capture miners against the harsh backdrop of their pits, contrasted against the ‘out of hours’ entertainment and hobbies that both the miners and their communities embraced, including dance halls and domino matches.

This small exhibition presents a series of photographs that display an invigorating and refreshing response to an industry that is often portrayed in a sombre and severe light.

Patrick Ward began his photography career in the 1960s, working on commission for The Observer and Sunday Times Magazines, and later for the Telegraph Magazine and the European and American journals. This included the National Geographic Traveler and the Smithsonian Magazine. Ward has published several books, including Wish You Were Here, a portrayal of the English at play and an observation of class divisions in England. Other published collections of his work include Amsterdam, BikeRiders, Sandhurst and Essentially English.

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum is delighted to be hosting the launch of Patrick Ward’s new book, Being English, on Wednesday 29 October. The book showcases a collection of Patrick’s work exploring the eccentricities of life in England. There will be an introduction to Patrick’s work by Ian Beesley Hon FRPS, a social documentary photographer with a career spanning thirty years and course leader for Photography at the University of Bolton. This will be followed by a Q&A session. Signed copies of the book, which includes many of the images on display in The Less-Favoured Land, will be available to buy at a discounted price.

The book launch will begin at 11am on 29 October and is a free, bookable event. Light refreshments will be available. To book your place please email rebecca.hudson@ncm.org.uk

The exhibition is open during Museum opening hours and is free entry.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Laura Barr at Bonner & Hindley: laura@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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