Jeremy Deller: The Battle of Orgreave

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

To mark the 40th anniversary of the 1984 Miners’ Strike – which had, and still has, a profound impact on Sunderland and the North East of England – NGCA presents Mike Figgis' film of Jeremy Deller’s re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave.

The violent confrontation between police and miners outside the coking plant at Orgreave in South Yorkshire was one of the crucial episodes in the 1984 Miners’ Strike. Made 17 years later in the same village, The Battle of Orgreave centres on a re-enactment of the brutal confrontation made with the participation of many relatives of former miners as well as re-enactment specialists.

Mike Figgis’ film combines footage of the day’s event with interviews with several key protagonists. Mac McLoughlin, a former miner and serving policeman on the field in 1984, reveals details about the build-up within the police force prior to the stand-off; David Douglass (National Union of Mineworkers, Branch Secretary for Hatfield Main Colliery and Mining Historian) talks about the meaning of the confrontation in relation to the trade union movement; Stephanie Gregory (Womens’ Support Group and Former chair-person of the Rotherham Miners Support Group) reminisces about the effects on family life; and Tony Benn (MP for Chesterfield between 1984-2001) talks about the media’s role in covering up the truth about the strike in 1984.

On display alongside The Battle of Orgreave is a selection of photographs taken during the 1984 North East miners’ strike including photos of pickets at Monkwearmouth and Easington collieries, marches and demonstrations in Sunderland and everyday family life.

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Until 3 November 2024

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