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Going underground...

The National Coal Mining Museum - Martin Hill ExhibitionImage Copyright NCMME


We’ve been working with The National Coal Mining Museum for England to develop the graphic design for their temporary exhibition, featuring the work of former Bevin Boy and artist Martin Hill. As a young man he came from Brighton to work in Yorkshire towards the end of World War II. He had hoped to join the RAF, but instead was sent to work in the Sheffield and Barnsley coal mines.

Our exhibition design takes the visitor on a journey through life underground with an introduction to Martin Hill, the man and his experience as a Bevin Boys and then surfacing into the bright and colourful world above. The graphics are punctuated by extracts from Martin’s diaries, sketches and letters home and the exhibition also features an oral history exhibit collected from the stories of Yorkshire’s ex-Bevin boys, and those who have memories of them. The ‘Bevin Boy in Yorkshire’ exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the Bevin Boy scheme, which had a profound impact on the many men who served their country deep underground rather than on the battlefield.


The National Coal Mining Museum - Martin Hill ExhibitionImage Copyright NCMME


The exhibition runs from 14 October 2013 – 26 January 2014 and is open daily 10am – 5pm Closed 24, 25, 26 December, 1 January.

Posted 13th December 2013

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