Mining in Kent exhibition – Book a Tour!

We will be holding a series of guided tours of the Mining in Kent exhibition. Join us on a tour to find out more about the exhibition, hear about the exhibition highlights, and get the answers to any questions you might have about mining in Kent!

The exhibition tells the story of the history of mining in Kent, from the early days of discovering the Kent coalfield to the impact of the 1984 Miners’ Strike. Illustrated by original archive material from Special Collections and Archives we explore the main coalfields in the county and what life was like for a Kent miner. We look at the history of miners’ strikes in 1926, 1972, 1974 and 1984 and how these were portrayed by cartoonists in the national press. We take a deeper look at the impact of the 1984/1985 miners’ strike in Kent and the different forms of support that arose for the miners and the mining community, from Kent students to stand-up comedians.

Tours will be led by Karen Brayshaw (Special Collections and Archives Manager) or Beth Astridge (University Archivist).

Tours will be held on:


  • Wednesday 10th July 12pm – with Karen Brayshaw
  • Monday 22nd July 1pm – with Beth Astridge
  • Friday 9th August 12.30pm – with Karen Brayshaw – NOW FULLY BOOKED
  • Tuesday 10th September 12.30pm – with Beth Astridge
  • Thursday 26th September 12.30pm – Karen Brayshaw

If you would like to join us for a guided tour of the Mining in Kent exhibition – please  email to book your place!

Two yellow stickers with red and black text reading "Support the Miners, NUM, Stop Pit Closures"

NUM Support the Miners stickers, from the Richard Richardson Mining Collection

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