Before and After Coal: Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities

National Galleries Scotland: Portrait

Explore the history and lasting impact of coal through photographs and voices from Scottish mining communities.

In 1982, American photographer Milton Rogovin came to Scotland to photograph Scottish miners at their pits, in their homes, and during their leisure time. Forty years on from the Miners’ Strike in 1984, the artist Nicky Bird has updated Rogovin’s documentation by meeting with individuals and families connected with the original photographs.

The community engagement Mineworkings with Nicky Bird was supported by Creative Scotland’s Open Fund for Individuals, made possible with funds from The National Lottery and the Scottish Government.

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Header image credit: National Galleries Scotland, John and Dave, Mining Museum Guides, from Mineworkings, 2023–24 by Nicky Bird. Courtesy of the Artist.

National Galleries Scotland: Portrait

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