Exhibitions @ Mining Art Gallery

The Bevin Boys Exhibition

The Bevin Boys – War’s Forgotten Workforce

Begins on Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Sunday 30 September 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mining Art Gallery

In 1943, Britain was at war. Coal supplies were dwindling and men were desperately needed to work in the mines. Given the choice between becoming miners or soldiers though, most chose to fight. To prevent a national crisis, the Minister for Labour, Ernest Bevin, needed to act fast and created a ballot scheme where men of conscription age were randomly selected to work in the mines instead of joining the army, navy or air force.

The Bevin Boys went unrecognised until 2007 when a national campaign saw them finally acknowledged for the vital role they played in the war effort.  Some of these men responded by creating art – drawing and painting their experiences of an underground world unlike anything they had known before.

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Bevin Boys scheme, this exhibition celebrates the artworks created by Bevin Boys, including Tom McGuinness, Ted Holloway, David McClure and John Tipton.

Visitor information

Mining Art Gallery, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7NP

Opening times

Open daily from 10am to 4pm
Last entry at 3.30pm

Ticket prices

Adult: £4
Concessions: £3 (over 60s, full-time students, unwaged)
Under 16s: Free
Carers: Free*
Groups: Buy 10 and get the 11th ticket free
Arts Pass/ Historic Houses members: Free

*If a visitor requires another person, as their companion or carer to enable them to access the museum, then this person is admitted free of charge.

More information on booking tickets for concessions, carers, groups and schools is available on our ticket pricing page. Proof of concessions will be required when purchasing your ticket. See here


Please note that photography is not permitted inside the gallery. If you would like to request images for media use, please contact communications@aucklandproject.org.

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