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.

More than an exercise in nostalgia, Before and After Coal is an innovative collaboration between Bird, the National Galleries of Scotland and mining communities. The project was initiated with a series of ‘Show and Tell’ events with people from across Fife, East Ayrshire and the Lothians. Those involved had so much to share about the content of Rogovin’s images as they recognised their fathers and mothers, grandpas and grannies, workmates and friends. Some even saw themselves 40 years on.

Image Caption

John and Dave, Live Guides, National Mining Museum Scotland / The Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, 2023. © Nicky Bird.

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    National Galleries of Scotland Portrait

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    1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD, UK

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