Coal, Community and Change at Pleasley

2023 DH Lawrence Festival of Literature, Culture and Local History 

2023 DH Lawrence Festival: Coalmining themed events

The 2023 DH Lawrence Festival runs from 1st to 10th September 2023 at various venues around Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, and includes several local coalmining themed events. All festival events are free to attend.

More Festival details at


Reading group at the 2022 DH Lawrence Festival. Photo by David Amos

Reading Group: Nottingham and the Mining Countryside

A reading and discussion of DH Lawrence’s 1929 essay, ‘Nottingham and the Mining Countryside’, led by Dr. Andrew Harrison, DH Lawrence biographer and Director of the DH Lawrence Research Centre at the University of Nottingham.

Date:  Monday 4th September 2023 at 7pm

Venue:  Horse and Groom public house, Moorgreen, NG16 2FE. (upstairs room).


Major Thomas Phillip Barber (1876 – 1961)

Our Local Journey: Day Conference

A day conference giving a historical insight into the relationship between important historical figures in the local community, the local landscape and society in and around Eastwood.

10am – 12 Noon:

The Barber Family: One Half of a Coalmining Dynasty’ by Dr. David Amos

A Vanishing World’ by Alan Wilson

2pm – 4pm

Lawrence, Literature and the Living Landscape’ by Malcolm Gray

Lawrence and the Social Environment’ by John Pateman

Date: Tuesday 5th September 2023 (10am – 4pm)

Venue: Eastwood Baptist Church, Percy Street, Eastwood, NG16 3EP


Kitchen at the Breach House in 2018

Breach House Open Days

Guided tours of the Lawrence family’s second Eastwood home, a typical pit house from the late Victorian period. The Breach House was portrayed as The Bottoms in DH Lawrence’s 1913 novel, Sons and Lovers.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, 9th and 10th September 2023 (11am – 3pm)

Venue: The Breach House, 28 Garden Road, Eastwood, NG16 3FW

Malcolm Gray (above, right), former Chair of the DH Lawrence Society, considers Strike Pay, one of Lawrence’s short stories, at the 2023 Lawrence / Leavis Conference.

The Lawrence / Leavis Conference (Zoom)

DH Lawrence: The Tales  

Malcolm Gray, former Chair of the DH Lawrence Society, considers two coal mining community themed DH Lawrence short stories, Strike Pay and Her Turn. The Conference will be directed by Bob Haywood.

Date: Saturday, 9th September 2023 (10am – 4pm).

Venue: via Zoom More details from DH Lawrence Society at



Posted by Mining Heritage Admin

29th August 2023