'Keep the Pits Open', Protest

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Marjorie Arnfield studied design at Sunderland College of Art and gained her art teacher's diploma at Kings College, Newcastle. Her tutors included the influential modern British artists Quentin Bell (1910 –1996) and Victor Pasmore (1908–1998). Although her immediate family were not miners, in moving to Nottinghamshire in 1970 Arnfield must have felt drawn towards recording the coal industry, whether depicting community life or its industrial landscape. This led to British Coal sponsoring her exhibition 'Tribute to Coal Mining in Nottinghamshire' in 1994.

National Coal Mining Museum for England



'Keep the Pits Open', Protest


acrylic on board


H 60 x W 30 cm (E)

Accession number

YKSMM: 1997.1540

Acquisition method

purchased, 1997

Work type



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