In Pictures: The power of No Redemption at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield

By Naomi Wilcock | 09 February 2012
Exhibition: No Redemption, National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield, February 13 – May 2012

A black and white photo of a man being restrained by a Police Officer
A major photography exhibition documenting the 1984/5 Miners' Strike, No Redemption showcases photographer Keith Pattison's depiction of a community’s defence of their way of life.© Keith Pattison
A black and white photo of a man standing on a fence in front of hoards of men in an industrial setting
Shot at Easington Colliery in County Durham between 1984 and 1985, Pattison aimed to document events from the miners' point of view.
© Keith Pattison
A black and white photo of young children standing in a queue
"Twenty-six years on, as government cuts begin to bite, these photographs speak directly of resistance under siege," says Pattison, reflecting on black and white photographs which show not only confrontations between the miners and police, but also the effect the strike had on women and children.
© Keith Pattison
A black and white photo of young people queueing for food in a hall
Focusing on the everyday lives of the people involved, the sweeping shots of the workers emphasise the sheer scale of the movement.© Keith Pattison
A black and white photo of policemen walking in line past urban housing estates
The three-month show features an introduction written by David Peace, author of The Red Riding Trilogy and The Damned United.© Keith Pattison
A black and white photo of an industrial scene
Entitled People Deserve Better, it comprises three interviews from 2010 with people deeply involved in the strike.© Keith Pattison
  • Open 10am-5pm. Admission free.
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