Coal Culture Wars: (Mis)understanding The Durham Miners’ Gala

  • Ewan Gibbs

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


A blog post on the continued cultural significance of coal mining heritage to the British political left and right.

Period16 Jul 2019

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleCoal Culture Wars: (Mis)understanding The Durham Miners’ Gala
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletScottish Critical Heritage
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size1345 words
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThis year’s Durham Miners’ Gala became a lightning rod for public debates over broader questions of class and industrial identity, reinforcing coal’s new role as a cultural and political signifier in the age of Corbyn, Trump and Brexit. Coalfield historian Ewan Gibbs traces the evolution of coal’s cultural politics through decades of Miners’ Galas, exploring how their media representation and political significance has always been as contested and complex as the industry itself.
    Producer/AuthorEwan Gibbs
    PersonsEwan Gibbs