In conversation with Nick Hodgson: Free Mines Coal Faces
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In conversation with Nick Hodgson: Free Mines Coal Faces

Sunday 19 November 2023
Prince of Wales Conference Room, The Hub

Join Photographer Nick Hodgson for a conversation surrounding his exhibition Free Mines Coal Faces currently on display in the Café and Shop ramp area.

Hear all about the inspiration behind capturing the project and discover stories from the freemining community. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and purchase Nick’s accompanying book.

One of the freeminers that Nick has photographed as part of his exhibition, Phil Schwarz, will be in attendance for this talk.

Free, pre-booking advised. Suitable for ages 16+.

More on the exhibition:

The exhibition tells the story of some of the mines still working today in the Forest of Dean (Gloucestershire), by a small freemining community mining coal for sale mainly to the local population. They are very proud of their heritage and long link back to when freemining rights were granted by Edward III.

The photographs document both the landscapes of one of Britain’s oldest forests and the personalities and work of this unique community. The images were taken from 2019-22, and a book of these and other photographs is available in the Museum Shop.

Nick Hodgson is a documentary landscape photographer and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS). He made this project because his maternal great-grandfather was a freeminer.