Before and After Coal

Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities

National Galleries Scotland, Peter and Grandson Former miner, Peter McCutcheon from Fife, with his grandson, in front of a banner displaying a Milton Rogovin photograph from 1982
© National Galleries of Scotland and the Miners' Project participants, 2023.
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Comprising photographs and voices, Before and After Coal: Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities hears from those who were the lifeblood of these, once booming, areas.

In 1982, American photographer Milton Rogovin came to Scotland to photograph all aspects of Scottish miners lives – capturing everything from working in the pits to leisure time at home.

Now, artist, Nicky Bird has updated Rogovin’s images of these communities by meeting with individuals and families connected with the photographs, who share their views on the past and the present in these former mining towns and villages.

Alongside the exhibition, which runs from 23 March to 15 September 2024, there will also a variety of events, including lectures and talks. Booking is required for these events.

The Portrait is located in the city centre near St Andrews Square. Edinburgh Trams run a regular service to and from St Andrew Square. It is then a 2 minute walk to the gallery. The nearest designated parking bays for blue badge holders are on West Register Street and St James Place. These are a 5 to 8 minute walk to the gallery.

Large print labels are in use throughout the exhibition space. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, with sitting spaces throughout and portable stools provide on each floor. Further details on visiting all of the National Galleries of Scotland can be found on their accessibility guide.

For more information see Before and After Coal: Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities.