In the 1950s, the great writer Sid Chaplin flew home to Durham to cover Gala day for Coal magazine. He was accompanied by photographer Harry Smead.
Sid's son, the writer and broadcaster Michael Chaplin, discovered a series of photographs that document Sid and Harry's day in Durham.
Here, Michael writes about that Gala, frozen in time, and asks for your help in solving the mysteries that remain about that day...Read more
The Durham Miners’ Gala will be celebrated online next month.
The 136th Gala was due to take place in Durham on Saturday 11 July but was cancelled in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The day will now be marked online with a series of new content celebrating the spirit and values of the event.Read more
The 2020 Durham Miners’ Gala has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. The Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) took the decision today despite the Gala not being until July.Read more
The acclaimed feature film about the Durham Miners’ Gala will be released on DVD in time for Christmas.
The Big Meeting has been a hit with critics and audiences during its nationwide run in cinemas.Read more
The Big Meeting is proving a hit with critics and cinema audiences around the country.
And the makers of the feature film about the Durham Miners' Gala are now taking bookings for community screenings.Read more
The new feature film about the Durham Miners' Gala is now on general release in cinemas.
More than 200,000 people packed the streets of the city to enjoy the sights and sounds of The Big Meeting in the 150th year of the Durham Miners’ Association (DMA).Read more
Jeremy Corbyn will speak at the 135th Durham Miners' Gala, on Saturday 13 July 2019.Read more
This year’s Durham Miners’ Gala poster marks the centenary of the great pitman painter Norman Cornish.
The poster features the famous Miners’ Gala Mural completed by the miner and internationally acclaimed artist in 1963. The mural excerpt depicts a family enjoying their day out at The Big Meeting against the backdrop of a Durham miners banner.Read more
The platform speakers for the 135th Durham Miners' Gala have been announced.
The Big Meeting will be held on Saturday 13 July 2019, with the speeches on the racecourse getting underway at 1pm.Read more