• The Miners'' Hymns: Acts of Resurrection

    community at the heart of this film were no exception. Historically, the Durham coalfields had been one of the largest and had seen a huge explosion in exploitation in the late nineteenth century, reaching a peak in the immediate years surrounding the First World War, when nearly 170000 miners worked the coalfield. By 1994, the last

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  • The Pitmen Poets tell a stunning story of triumph and ...

    The Pitmen Poets is a vivid, stunning, often hilarious story, punctuated by hundreds of images and films of a north-eastern miners'' way of life and a tribute to their hard, hot, precarious way of earning a living. The miners'' contempt and hatred for Thatcher in the year-long Strike was patently obvious; one photograph showed the slogan ...

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  • The Trillbilly Workers'' Party – Scalawag

     · The miners armed themselves with help from the union, leading to the Matewan Massacre of 1920, when miners fought back after private police forcefully evicted striking miners'' families. The Battle of Blair Mountain followed the year after, when some 10,000 miners …

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  • Paul Summers, the Durham Miners'' Gala, and arise!

     · Mike Quille interviews Paul Summers, including extracts from a major new poem which is published by Culture Matters will be launched at the People, Pits and Politics festival in Durham on Friday 13th July, the day before the Miners'' Gala, and is available for purchase here.. Paul Summers is deeply rooted in the working-class pit communities of the North East, and the poem was …

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  • Tribeca Film Festival 2011

     · Among those films worth a potential look are The Miner''s Hymns, Decasia director Bill Morrison''s consideration of both the past and present of the now-abandoned Durham coalfields in northeast England, and Neds, Peter Mullan''s gritty coming-of-age tale set in 1970s Glasgow.

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  • Science Museum Group Journal

     · The Miners'' Hymns is a 2011 archive collage film by Bill Morrison. It bears testimony to the lost industrial culture of the Durham coalfields, combining present day aerial footage of the former sites of Ryhope, Silksworth and other collieries with footage of miners carving the coal from the earth and scenes from a 1960s gala for mine workers ...

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  • Review: The Miners'' Hymns

     · A study of the this former mining region in both its de-industralized present and its past state as an active coalfield, The Miners'' Hymns arranges its two parts as a set of binary oppositions. Opening with fast-moving contemporary aerial footage of the Durham coastline, its empty fields, and its newly built stores and luxury housing, the film uses pop-up titles to inform us where several of ...

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  • BFI | Sight & Sound | ''The Miners'' Hymns'' review

     · Durham Cathedral was the perfect setting for Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson''s tribute to the north-east''s colliery glory days. By Nick Bradshaw. Bill Morrison''s archive collage film The Miners'' Hymns, an elegiac testament to the lost industrial culture of the Durham coalfields, takes in sweeping helicopter shots, ...

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  • Durham Miners'' Gala

    Mike Quille interviews Paul Summers, including extracts from a major new poem which is published by Culture Matters will be launched at the People, Pits and Politics festival in Durham on Friday 13th July, the day before the Miners'' Gala, and is available for purchase here.. Paul Summers is deeply rooted in the working-class pit communities of the North East, and the poem was commissioned ...

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  • Time to reflect on Gresford mining disaster that claimed ...

     · Gresford (The Miners Hymn) was written as a brass band tune by former Durham Miner Robert Saint in the 1930s and is still a favourite of brass bands all over Britain.

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  • Durham Mining Museum

     · Durham Pit to be Closed 05 Jun 1925 : Roseberry (Whinstone) Boy and Drowned In A Mine Fate While Exploring Old Whinstone Workings 15 Jun 1925 : Shotton Colliery: Durham Colliery Closed Down 16 Jun 1925 : Official Notice Madeley Coal, Coke & Brick Co. (1905) Ltd. 18 Jun 1925 : Montagu Main Colliery: Montagu View Colliery Inquiry 19 Jun 1925

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  • Durham Miners'' Gala and the spirit of community ...

     · The second is a hymn-like lament such as ''Gresford'', the miners'' hymn, composed in 1936 by Robert Saint, a Hebburn miner. The mood becomes sombre: a moment of high emotion. Traditionally this is a moment to remember those who lost their lives mining. ... Something similar is stirring across the once great coalfields of Durham, with many of ...

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  • The Texan Song-hunter and the Treorchy Dragons

     · In this article from July 2014, Michael Lydon tells the amazing story of legendary ethnographic archivist Alan Lomax''s encounter with the singing miners of Treorchy. In a recent article for Wales Arts Review this reviewer paid homage to the late, great Pete Seeger, by utilising the image of Leonardo Da Vinci''s ''The Last Supper''. In the article, it was remarked that an understanding of ...

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  • Review | The Miners'' Hymns | BFI

    Bill Morrison''s archive collage film The Miners'' Hymns, an elegiac testament to the lost industrial culture of the Durham coalfields, takes in sweeping helicopter shots, lunar-esque landscapes and pitched battles with police cavalry, not to mention the Stygian …

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  • DVD: The Miners'' Hymns | The Arts Desk

     · Bill Morrison''s film, mostly edited together from archive material, serves as an elegy to Britain''s recent industrial past. The older footage has been handsomely restored, and often it''s only the clothes that give a sense of period. It focuses on the Durham coalfields, where the last mine closed in the early 1990s. There''s little left to show for it – the film is framed by aerial ...

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  • Tribeca Interview: The Miners’ Hymns'' David Metcalfe ...

     · Director Bill Morrison is known for using shots bearing signs of chemical deterioration, further enhancing the decay through digital processing, …

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  • ‎The Miners'' Hymns (2010) directed by Bill Morrison ...

    The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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  • Roy Lambeth''s Page (3).

    On September 22nd 1934 an explosion at Gresford Colliery in The North Wales Coalfield near Wrecsam killed 266 miners. A few years later a hymn tune called Gresford was published in memory of the disaster. This tune was adopted by, I believe, the N.U.M. as the Miner''s Hymn and it can be heard played several times at The Durham Miner''s Gala.,

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  • March | 2019 | After Coal

    The Miners'' Hymns uses historic footage to illustrate the history of mining in the coalfields around Durham England. While the film has received plenty of critical acclaim, it has not been widely distributed. The Miners'' Hymns by Bill Morrisson Uncategorized. Music Monday: Nine Pound Hammer.

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  • Raymond Challinor: Alexander MacDonald and the miners (1967)

    William Crawford, who accepted a wage reduction of 10% for the Durham miners in May, 1874, had to contend with unofficial strikes by colliery mechanics. When, early in 1874 the Scottish coal-owners demanded a 20% wage reduction, Alexander MacDonald advised the miners to accept it.

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  • Durham Miners Association Brass Band » Band Pays Tribute ...

     · The Durham Miners'' Association Area Banner was displayed at all of the band''s performances. In addition to their musical performances the band visited the Tynecot cemetery, which is the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world, and the Thiepval Memorial to more than 70,000 missing soldiers whose bodies have never been identified.

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  • THE MINERS HYMNS

    Premiered as a live performance in Durham Cathedral, 15 & 16 July 2010. The premiere performances of The Miners'' Hymns formed part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the BFI National Archive. Durham Cathedral portrayed by kind permission of the Chapter of Durham. Developed as part of the Culture10 regional festivals and events programme.

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  • Horden Colliery (1900

    Horden Colliery was a coal mine situated in Horden, near Peterlee in County Durham. History. It opened in 1900 and was closed on the 28 February 1987. Initially owned by Horden Collieries Ltd, it was handed oved to the National Coal Board in 1947 when the British coal industry was nationalised. On 9 May 1930, the colliery set a European record ...

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  • Your View

    This article about Easington Colliery appeared in the programme for ''The Miners'' Hymns'' – a film by Bill Morrison and live musical score by Johann Johannson – produced by Forma and performed at Durham Cathedral on July 15th & 16th 2010. ''Miners'' Hymns'' comes to London next year. Re-visiting the miners'' strike 1984-85

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  • schools | Malcolm Redfellow''s Home Service

     · … the miners who died in the many pit disasters of the Durham coalfields. They number thousands, including 164 at Seaham in 1880 and 168 at Stanley in 1909, and are commemorated by a memorial in Durham Cathedral, a spectacular Romanesque landmark that this autumn celebrates the 25th anniversary of its designation as a Unesco World Heritage ...

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  • Celebrating the Miners Strike through film: ''Miners'' Hymns ...

     · The forthcoming Durham Miners'' Gala on July 11 th, and the showing of a new film about the miners a few days before that, seems a good time to look at these questions again through reviewing a film called Miners'' Hymns which is out on DVD, and a new film called DS30, which will be shown in Durham a few days before the Gala.

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  • Coal Mining | Durham Records Online Library

    In 1830 Northumberland and Durham miners united in Hepburn''s Union, named after its founder Thomas Hepburn, another Hetton Colliery man, though originally from Pelton. In 1831 both counties came out on strike for more wages and shorter hours. The annual bond terminated on April 5 and its expiry was the signal to down tools.

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  • Your View

    A quarter of a century later on the eve of the world premiere of ''The Miners'' Hymns'' in Durham Cathedral, the arts production company Forma asked Chesshyre to go back to the east Durham pit village of Easington. He found the pit long closed and the village – though cleaner and healthier – struggling to find new direction. ***

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  • Durham Miners'' Association pays tribute to composer ...

     · The composer wrote the music for The Miners'' Hymn, a film by Bill Morrison which helped mark the 30 years since the pit strikes and was first performed inside Durham Cathedral in …

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  • ‎The Miners'' Hymns (2010) directed by Bill Morrison ...

    The Miners'' Hymns. 2010 Directed by Bill Morrison. Synopsis. The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a remarkable original score by the Icelandic composer ...

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  • Pitmen, Sinkers and Miners

    The new coalfields and the railways. Originally mining villages had been part of the rural landscape, but by the 1850s they were increasingly industrial with smoking chimneys and clanking railway lines. Purpose built colliery villages sprang up, solely to accommodate the growing number of miners needed to operate the vast new undertakings.

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  • Another place with "too much history" | Malcolm Redfellow ...

     · … the miners who died in the many pit disasters of the Durham coalfields. They number thousands, including 164 at Seaham in 1880 and 168 at Stanley in 1909, and are commemorated by a memorial in Durham Cathedral, a spectacular Romanesque landmark that this autumn celebrates the 25th anniversary of its designation as a Unesco World Heritage ...

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  • Mid Pennine Arts | The Miners'' Hymns

    Focussing on the Durham coalfield, yet portraying a story of universal themes The Miners'' Hymns depicts the hardship of pit work, the role of trade unions in organising and fighting for workers'' rights and the renowned annual Durham Miners'' Gala. The Miners'' Hymns celebrates the social, cultural and political aspects of the coal industry ...

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  • Recommended films – Mark Metcalf ~ independent working ...

    The Miners'' Hymns : Bill Harrison, 2010, UK. Very beautiful elegy to the people of the Durham coalfields. Wonderfully atmospheric and a fine memorial to working class people and place. Pan''s Labyrinth : Guillermo del Toro, 2006, UK. A beautiful film, a fantasy, a moral fable. About the Spanish Civil War, disobedience, moral authority.

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  • Lead Kindly Light – A Hymn for our Times.

    There are legends of the hymn being sung aboard the Titanic on the fateful night of its sinking and by English miners stranded underground after an explosion in the Durham coalfields in 1909. Corrie ten Boom remembered her sister singing Lead Kindly Light as she was led by SS guards into the concentration camp at Ravensbrook.

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  • The Peopling of Easington District | Durham Records Online ...

    The Scottish Coalfields: Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Fifeshire and Midlothian. The Scottish coalfields, scattered across four counties, made only a modest contribution to the peopling of Easington District though many Irish landed there in their escape from the Famine and eventually made their way down to East Durham. Lancashire Coalfield

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  • Review: The Miners'' Hymns

     · In The Miners'' Hymns, director Bill Morrison uses aerial views sparingly: Overhead shots of the now idle Durham coalfields in northeast England, divided into two discrete chunks, take up no more than 15 of the film''s 52 minutes. More importantly, Morrison uses this footage not merely to contextualize the rest of the film, which consists ...

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  • Miners Strike 30th Anniversary | barnsleycsc

    Miners'' Strike Commemoration. On 1 March 2014 it will be 30 years to the day since George Hayes, NCB area director, announced that Cortonwood near Barnsley would close. It was an announcement that, Granville Williams says, "triggered the epic industrial struggle" of the miners striking against pit closures.

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