The free miners of the Forest of Dean are a tiny community, mining small amounts of coal for local consumption. Free mining dates back to the 14th century and remains a legal right for those born in the local area. Today’s free mining community faces twin headwinds of impending climate change legislation and low levels of home births as there is no local maternity hospital. But the community remains fiercely independent, proud of its heritage, and determined to preserve its unique culture. It’s bound together by trust, camaraderie, teamwork – all essential qualities when working underground. The intent of my project is to document the personalities and values of this challenged community which my mother’s family was once part of.
Dean Belcher • James Bellorini • Isabelle Boutriau • Mark Crean • Matt Durrant • Laura Jane Fenton • De Ferrier • Drew Findlay • Ilya Fisher • Bekkie Graham • Phil Hill • Nick Hodgson • Chris Jerrey • Angela Lam • Hilde Maassen • Robert McMillan • Stevi McNeill • Paul ‘Buzz’ Moran • Jasmine Murray • Michael Padilla • Mikaela Rackham • Marcel Rauschkolb • Darren Smith • Victoria Smith • Tim Stubbs Hughes • Beverley Thomas • Ross Trevail • Clare Wilson •