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Digging Deep: Miners of African Caribbean Heritage

A new exhibition uncovering the hidden histories of black miners and engineers in the North East and beyond is showing now in Newcastle.

The exhibition at The Common Room (formerly known as The Mining Institute) 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.

Curator Norma Gregory, from the Black Miners Museum and director of Nottingham News Centre CIC, said: “It has been a wonderful journey working in partnership with The Common Room as a Diverse Heritage Consultant and Curator, helping to dig deeper; to share and to find out more about the various diverse communities and people from different cultures who also made significant contributions to the growth and development of the North East."

“Celebrating and sharing an aspect of this industrial heritage, in the form of Digging Deep, a touring exhibition created by the Black Miners Museum Archives and many volunteers, is an important way to be visually present in museums and heritage sites.”

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.

Digging Deep, 25 September – 1 November, The Common Room, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle, Free Entry. Book tickets at www.thecommonroom.org.uk.

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