THE BEVIN BOYS – WAR’S FORGOTTEN WORKFORCE
@ Mining Art GalleryBook Now
28 March 2018 - 30 September 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adults £4 Concessions £3 Under 16s Free
In 1943 Britain was at war.
Men were leaving the mines to fight for their country and coal supplies were dwindling – given the choice between becoming miners or soldiers, most chose to fight.
To prevent a national crisis, the government needed to act fast and devised a ballot scheme where men who had signed up were randomly chosen to work in the mines instead of joining the army, navy or air force. Men receiving their conscription papers could find that instead of fighting, they would
be sent to the coalfield to spend their war underground.
Their battle was unrecognised until 2007 when a national campaign saw them eventually acknowledged for the vital role they played in the war effort.
Some of these men responded by creating art – drawing and painting their experiences of an underground world far from home.
This exhibition features 29 artworks by Bevin Boys, Ted Holloway, Tom McGuinness, David McClure and John Tipton.
Mining Art Gallery, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP