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Throughout much of her life Dorothie Field shared a close empathy with mining communities. In a retrospective exhibition of her work held in 1990, she wrote: "Born in London 1915, I have been a 'northerner' since 1931. I live in and identify with North Nottinghamshire 'Coal Country'." During the 1980s, Field moved to the small mining village of Clowne where she was surrounded by eight working pits. Her move coincided with the start of the industry’s decline. Field and her family became an integral part of the local mining community, collecting food from local supporters during the 1984–1985 strike and distributing it to the miners and their families. With the large number of pit closures underway, by 1993 the industry’s fate seemed sealed.

National Coal Mining Museum for England





oil on board


H 85 x W 66 cm

Accession number

YKSMM: 2003.107

Acquisition method

gift, 1998

Work type



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