Exhibition digs deep into coal mining history

AN exhibition celebrating art inspired by coal mining, from 1800 to the present day, takes place at the Cooper Gallery until Saturday, July 9.

The exhibition looks at collieries in the landscape, working underground, figure studies and home life.

As well as famous artists, some pictures by artists who were also miners are included.

Alongside the exhibition Experience Barnsley is asking veterans of the glass and coal industry to bring objects and photographs to the Cooper Gallery, on Friday, May 27 and Friday, June 3, between 1-4pm.

Former workers can reminisce about their time in their industry and share stories.

These will be included in the Town’s People’s Museum, which opens in 2012 in the Town Hall.

Over 30 works have been brought together for the mining art exhibition.

One of the star pictures is Pitmen at Play, by Henry Perlee Parker – this was the first mining picture to be exhibited at the Royal Academy, in 1836.