UK Award-winning photographer Patrick Ward to launch new book Being English at the National Coal Mining Museum for England

 Award-winning UK photographer Patrick Ward is to launch his new book, Being Englishat the National Coal Mining Museum for England on Wednesday 29 October at 11am.

Being English is a beautiful display of Patrick’s collection of work exploring the eccentricities of life in England. Coinciding with his current exhibition on display at the museum The Less-Favoured Land, the launch will discuss the works on display featured in the book, looking closely at mining communities in the north of England during the 1960s.

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.

The launch will be opened 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.

Following the launch, visitors will get the chance to visit the exhibition The Less-Favoured Land and view the photographs up-close.

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

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