A replica mining banner has been unveiled at Annfield Plain library, celebrating the county’s rich mining history and the people who lived during those times.

Annfield Plain Library offered a permanent home for the banner, following its official unveiling.

The Morrison Lodges Banner was commissioned in 2018 to commemorate the Morrison Pit, open between 1809 to 1964, and the Morrison Busty Pit, open between 1927 to 1973, both situated in Annfield Plain.

The design of the historical banner is quite unique. It has two ‘front’ sides. The Morrison side is based on a 1956 banner, featuring portraits of union leaders A.J. Cook and Tommy Hepburn, with the slogan “Knowledge is Power”.


The Morrison Busty side is based on a banner originally made in 1959 which originated from Lumley 6th Pit when it closed and was repainted as Morrison Busty. The design shows a biblical scene of a child with a lion and lamb and has the message “The Reign of Peace”. The original banner was kept at Annfield Plain Central Methodist Church until it was destroyed in a fire in 1993.

The event was accompanied by music from the Craghead Colliery band who played miners’ hymn, Gresford.

Annfield Library is open Monday, 10am to 7pm; Tuesday, 9am to 1pm; Thursday, 1pm to 5pm; Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

For library out more about local libraries at https://www.durham.gov.uk/libraries

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