Backbone of The Nation is a special free to enter exhibition to mark 40 years since the Miners’ Strike.

The exhibition is a collective name attributed to the huge contribution the miners gave to Britain’s industry. This exhibition will include audio recollections of the people who lived through the strike and a commemorative booklet will be available free of charge. The exhibition will include detailed information boards which will be especially informative for schools and college parties. There will be artefacts and mining related artwork by locally acclaimed artists, Harry Malkin, Dave Wilders and Tony Wade.

We hope you can join us. Backbone of the Nation will be open at Queen’s Mill weekdays, 10am until 3pm and weekends by appointment. Wheelchair access and parking spaces are available at the front of the mill.

This event has been supported by Wakefield Council with a Culture Grant as part of Our Year – Wakefield District 2024.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday : 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday : 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday : 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Friday : 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday : Closed

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Audio Described
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

1 Aire Street, Castleford, WF10 1JL