‘Pit Profiles: Re-profiled’ is the result of a project jointly funded by the National Coal Mining Museum for England and Arts Council England.
The project was inspired by the work of H. Andrew Freeth (1912 – 1986) who was himself commissioned, shortly after the coal industry was nationalised in 1947, to record miners across the coalfields. His on-the-spot drawings were published with miners’ biographical stories as ‘Pit Profiles’ in the NCB’s monthly magazine Coal, between 1947 and 1952.
Extending Freeth’s work, photographer Anton Want created a modern-day ‘Pit Profile’ series at Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire. Photography and oral history combine to provide new insights into working colliery life in the twenty-first century.
Between them these two artists have created an important legacy, which honours one of Britain’s oldest industries and the people who have helped to shape it.
Client: National Coal Mining Museum for England