84/85 – The Longest Year

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84/85 – The Longest Year

6th March 2024 - 3rd March 2025

84/85 – The Longest Year is a yearlong exhibition and programme of events, held at the National Coal Mining Museum for England. Opening on 6 March 2024, it marks the 40th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike.

This exhibition considers the strike through memories and stories of miners and their families. Uniquely positioned at a former working colliery, the Museum addresses the broader picture of the strike and gives a voice to those who experienced it.

Shaped by the memories and objects shared through a public call-out and our existing collection, the exhibition looks at three different points of view:

Those who stayed out on strike for the whole year
Those who returned to work early
Those who did not strike