One of the most memorable aspects of our 2018 annual conference was a performance called SEAMS. The event, at Keele University Chapel, featured a mixture of music, dance and poetry. These threads were woven together by a cast of professional performers and volunteers to tell the story of Staffordshire’s mining history.
SEAMS was a collaboration between the participatory performance company RESTOKE and Keele University. The performance was inspired by life stories collected by Dr Ceri Morgan (a senior lecturer in English, who specialises in geopoetics). It paid homage to the heritage, joy, loss and memories associated with the mining industry.
After the event, Professor Pam Cox spoke to Ceri Morgan about her experience of putting community history on stage.
Photograph taken by Jenny Harper