The photograph was taken in 1983 and it shows a class from a Sheffield University Course for Derbyshire Miners' which was held at the Workers" Educational Association, Hurst House, Abercrombie Street, Chesterfield. Over three year's the students obtained 120 days paid release from work to study industrial relations, economics and politics. (See the final item below).
Ashes & Diamonds Exhibition
A tribute to the Mining Industry and those who fought to defend it by Darren Coffield at Hurst House, Abercrombie Street, Chesterfield
September 19th to 23rd : 10am to 4pm
Official Opening 12.30pm Monday 19 September by John Burrows,
(Leader Chesterfield Borough Council and ex NUM Official)
For examples of Coffield's work see - here and here.
September 20th at 7pm
Derbyshire NUM Day Release Reunion and Discussion with former lecturers Harry Barnes & Bob Heath.