Beamish has received the art collection of the last surviving painter from the Spennymoor Settlement, which became known as the “Pitman’s Academy”.
Norman Cornish, a painter who spent three decades working in the mines, died, aged 94, in August 2014. The studio from his Spennymoor home was donated to Beamish just months before his death and includes dozens of unfinished works, as well as his chair, easels, paint pots, brushes and other objects.
Some of the objects, including replicas of his unfinished work, are now on display in the Open Stores in the Museum’s Regional Resource Centre.
We are lucky enough to have been working with Norman’s family over the past year. This has given us a unique perspective into Norman’s life and we are extremely grateful that his family has so kindly donated such wonderful pieces of history to Beamish.
Norman captured everyday life in the North East, from men working in the pits to women gossiping in the back lanes, which we hope to share with people through our own 1950s developments in the future.
We want to tell the fascinating story of how men, such as Norman, and women joined organisations like the Spennymoor Settlement, the Ashington Group and others to represent their lives through media such as painting and writing.
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An artist from Peterlee has painted a portrait of navel hero Admiral Lord Nelson. The painting, by Dr Michael McDonald is on display at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.
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One of the most important collections of jewellery in the country is to go on permanent display on Teesside from this summer.
Mima - the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - is creating a new gallery to house more than 200 pieces of artist-made jewellery.
The items from the 1970s onwards can go on display because of a grant of almost £300,000 from the Arts Council and support from Teesside University.
Shops and bars on Elvet Bridge in Durham said Lumiere cost them thousands of pounds in trade, despite attracting 175,000 people to the city over four days.
The light festival included a giant 3D elephant projected over the River Wear. However, while it was installed and taken down, roads were closed and shoppers diverted away from the area.
The Oxfam bookshop and boutique were two shops affected. Their manager, Michael Ridsdale, said the two shops lost £2,500 in one week before the light festival had even begun.
It's been quite a year for Durham. The latest event to bring thousands of people into the City was the Lumiere festival which ended last night.
Record numbers came to see the 27 light installations, although not all local businesses were happy, as Derek Proud reports.
175,000 people visited Durham for the Lumiere Festival. Organisers said they were delighted with the success of the event. It was the third Lumiere and ran between November 14 - 17.
The Lumiere Festival got underway in Durham earlier this evening.
40,000 visitors are expected to visit the exhibition between now and Sunday.
Frances Read was there for us.