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The Bevin Boys – War’s Forgotten Workforce

Ends 30 September, Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland, www.aucklandcastle.org/events

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This art exhibition commemorates 75 years since the launch of the Bevin Boys scheme – which saw 48,000 men conscripted to work in British mines during World War II to ensure a steady supply of coal. Yet their contribution to the conflict is still largely unknown, and it was only in 2007 that the UK government formally acknowledged the Bevin Boys’ efforts. Many miners used art as an escape and as a way to express their experiences underground; through the artworks on display here, the exhibitors reveal the hidden side of an overlooked band of brothers.

David McClure’s pencil sketch ‘Tunnel End with Miner’ embodies the cramped darkness of life at the coalface
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