The National Coal Mining Museum for England’s forthcoming art exhibition ‘The Pit at the End of the Road’, features the art work of local Castleford artist Michael Milner.
Opening on 2 February the exhibition captures the nostalgia surrounding Milner’s personal recollections of coal mining and the mining communities around him. Mayor Cllr Sandra Pickin will be attending the event to conduct the official opening on Monday 2 February..
Michael Milner uses his childhood memories of growing up in the shadow of Glasshoughton Colliery as his inspiration. The exhibition features paintings of Milner’s personal memories; placing the pit at the centre of home life alongside quotes from Milner’s childhood, which paint an evocative picture of life growing up in the shadow of the pit. A memory soundscape, composed by Dr John Bonner from the University of Huddersfield, accompanies the artworks. To coincide with the exhibition the museum will introduce of the living history characters to bring to the life the community spirit painted in the artwork.
Born in 1942 Michael Milner was brought up in the rural pit village of Glasshoughton, Yorkshire and spent 18 years of his career workings as an engineer for the National Coal Board in Castleford. His later years were spent teaching art to male and female prisons in the region. Today Milner exhibits his colliery scenes locally.
Michael Milner comments:
“All this nostalgia now means a lot to me and I try to keep the memory of the hard pit life alive. So as a lad from a poor background I decided to concentrate most for my art work on the harsh environment of the miner, to preserve our heritage, now long gone.”
The exhibition runs from 2 February 2015 – 31 May 2015 and is open daily 10am – 5pm.
The exhibition is open during Museum opening hours and is free entry.