Half-term activities

Big Meeting Banners

Big Meeting Banners – Family craft activity

Friday 25 May 2018 - Friday 1 June 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mining Art Gallery

Known locally as the Big Meeting, Durham Miners’ Gala began in 1871, and remains a colourful celebration of coal-mining heritage. Large symbolic silk banners are carried by marchers, who make their way from their town or village accompanied by a brass band.

Children visiting the Mining Art Gallery this May half-term can design their own banners using different materials depicting the people and places that matter to them.

The best drawings and crafts will be displayed in the Mining Art Gallery learning room and at the Gala itself on Saturday 14 July 2018. In addition, there will be a chance to learn more about the artists featured in the gallery by following a special family trail designed by artist Gillian Gamble.

There will also be the opportunity to contribute to our community Proggy Mat, using traditional techniques to create a design together.

If you would like to draw your own banner before visiting the Mining Art Gallery, our activity sheet is available to download and print by clicking here.

Included within family entry to the Mining Art Gallery/drop-in

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