Former miner started drawing aged 80 to remember an industry that is 'gone forever'
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Former miner started drawing aged 80 to remember an industry that is ‘gone forever’

Brian Morley and his one of his drawings called ‘Accidents and Problems’ Brian Morley has never been taught how to draw – but at the age of 80 he decided to take up the hobby to reconnect with his memories of working in the mining industry. Brian, now 82, lives in Hucknall and has produced art work that is on display at Nottinghamshire Mining Museum in Mansfield . His exhibition there includes 70 pieces drawn with pen and pencil that he has put together over the last couple of years, and each piece represents a personal memory for Brian and his life as a miner. A big motivation behind Brian’s decision to do this late in his life was to ensure that his 12 grandchildren know what life was like in the pits. Another one of Brian Morley’s drawings, ‘snap time, snap shift’ He said: "Mining was important and village communities relied so heavily on the pits for their prosperity. It’s part of our history and it’s now gone forever. "Where a lot of pits were, there’s nothing left, it’s just supermarkets and other things in their place." Brian begun working in the mines 66 years ago at the […]

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