Thanks, Maggie & Newstead Youth Centre Portraits
Newstead Youth Centre Portraits
Photographs by David Severn
9 February to 7 July 2019
Most visitors to Newstead Abbey are unaware that outside of the perimeter wall lies a former colliery, and a community that occupy rows of former miners’ houses. In a new exhibition at Newstead Abbey, Nottingham-based photographer David Severn presents a lesser-known view of Newstead and Nottinghamshire. Through his earnest and sensitively observed photographs and portraits, David shows his interest in two parallel worlds which are situated beside each other, where an ancient priory wall acts as a dividing line between two contrasting but equally significant tales of Nottinghamshire’s history.
Since Newstead Colliery closed in 1987, now replaced by a sprawling country park, the loss of the pit has left a lasting legacy upon the residents. Despite this, the younger generation show a deep affection towards Newstead Village. Guided by the young people themselves, Newstead Youth Centre Portraits lead us through the local streets and play areas. This is their Newstead, their turf, and they are proud of it.
Further afield across Nottinghamshire, other pit closures left many open wounds for the former the coal miners and their families. In Thanks, Maggie, David Severn explores these abandoned coalfields to observe the communities left behind, and discover how some traditions still remain in the social clubs that his own pit-working father and grandfather may have frequented. Vivid echoes of the collieries remain, as does the bitter lament of the Miner’s Strike of 1984-85 that runs through the stories, music and veins of contemporary life.
This exhibition is free, but normal entry charges apply to the house.
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Newstead Youth Centre Portraits was originally commissioned by LandLiesFallow, an artist-led community project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of a creative response to the communities along the ancient borders of Sherwood Forest.