The Banners of Durham Coalfield

The Banners of Durham Coalfield

by Norman Emery
     
 

Banners are the miners' battle-standards, proclaiming graphic messages of hope and calls for social justice which record more vividly than any other artform the history of the struggle for working-class rights. This extensively illustrated book gives a detailed account of the wide range of banners of the Durham coalfield, and of their use, such as at the Durham Miners… See more details below

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Banners are the miners' battle-standards, proclaiming graphic messages of hope and calls for social justice which record more vividly than any other artform the history of the struggle for working-class rights. This extensively illustrated book gives a detailed account of the wide range of banners of the Durham coalfield, and of their use, such as at the Durham Miners' Gala. Besides examining the manufacture of the banners and the inspiration behind their designs and mottoes, the book reveals the long history of the use of banners in County Durham, from the formation of the Durham Miners' Association in 1869 to the strike of 1984/5 and the subsequent destruction of the coalfield by the Conservative government. A concluding catalogue incorporates a short history of every colliery where a banner was in use, and details over 500 banners which have been used by the Durham mining unions and their supporters.

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Banners were used in by the County Durham miners' unions in England as the battle standards of the union movement from 1869 to the strike of 1984/5 and the subsequent destruction of the coalfield by the Conservative government. This volume examines their manufacture; the meanings behind their designs and mottos (inspired by Christianity, Marxism, socialism, or labor events); and their uses in strikes, marches, funerals, and the annual Durham Miners' Gala. The second half of the book is devoted to a catalogue of short histories of every colliery where a banner was in use, as well as details of the over 500 banners that were used by the miners and their supporters. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750917087
Publisher:
Sutton Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.57(w) x 10.27(h) x 0.78(d)

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