Thursday 30 June–Friday 1 July 2016
Thursday: 1–7pmFriday: 9.30am–5.30pm
Highfield House, University Park
This international conference marks the closure in July 2015 of Thoresby Colliery, the last working mine in the Midlands, and, with the closure of Kellingley Colliery last December, the end of deep-coal mining in the UK more generally. It brings together scholars from different disciplines to examine the end of coal in Western Europe and to consider the legacies and afterlives of coal.
The conference aims to re-evaluate the current state of research on the political economy of the coal industry and the conflicts surrounding its run-down in Western Europe over the past 40 years. It will test the heuristic value of the classic sociological concept of ‘occupational community’ for a social history of coal mining and will look at the broader cultural meanings that were attached to the industry in different contexts.
It will examine representations of coal mining in the contemporary museum and will also ask about the broader relevance of the coal industry for the history of late 20th-century Europe.
The conference is free and includes a special viewing of 'Thoresby: the End of the Mine', an exhibition of photographs by Chris Upton.
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Download 'Thoresby - the end of the mine' exhibition poster
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