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20 June 2022 - 20 June 2022

6:30PM - 7:30PM

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This is the image alt text Easington Village. Credit Keith Pattison

What happened to mining communities when the last of the pits closed is the focus of this free online talk by Emeritus Professor Ray Hudson from our Department of Geography. The event will be hosted by Professor Rob Lynes CMG, Principal of Stephenson College.

Professor Hudson is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book ‘The Shadow of the Mine’, written with Professor Huw Beynon from the University of Cardiff. The book charts the story of mining communities in the North East and South Wales through the words of the people in the former pit villages. 

Through interviews, archive research and work with people in the mining communities, it tells the story of King Coal in its heyday and what happened after the pits were shut down. The book draws on decades of research to chronicle the momentous changes - from profitable mines to strikes and unemployment - described through the experiences of the former pit workers. 

The talk is part of Durham University’s 2022 Global Lecture Series with an umbrella theme of Extinction and Survival with respect to communities, species, ideas and the cosmos.  

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