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Film - Dole Not Coal


Meeting Room 1
Chesterfield Market Hall
Market Place
S40 1AR
Blue rosette with the message Dole not Cole


'Dole not Coal' tells the story of the 1984-85 Miner's Strike from the perspective of the North Derbyshire striking miners and supporters.

With footage from the day and interviews with Tony Benn and Dennis Skinner, amongst others, this documentary gives a frank account of the clash between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Government, through the eyes of the people fighting to save their communities during Britain's most brutal chapter in modern history.

This film is part of an exhibition commemorating the miners' strike of 1984 to 1985. Scroll down the page to see links for the exhibition and other events.

Guide Prices

Admission free



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets - There is a Changing Places toilet in the Market Hall


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Parking with charge - Town centre car parks nearby

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Opening Times

Season (9 Mar 2024)
Season (23 Mar 2024)

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Chesterfield Market Hall has no car park of its own but is signposted from all town centre car parks. The directions below are to the nearest car parks.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Chesterfield Coach Station on left), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.

For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select right hand lane and go straight on. At roundabout (Matalan, traffic light controlled) keep in right lane and take 4th exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and at traffic lights at top of hill turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road (surface car parks). Select right hand lane at traffic lights at top of hill and turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

For multi-storey car park - at Matalan roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit going straight on. At traffic lights go straight on. Follow road over raised toucan crossing, turn right after garage (Park Road). Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 15 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

Access the exhibition through the Assembly Rooms door opposite Sorbo Lounge and either take the lift to level 2 or take the stairs.

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Black and white images of marching miners and a cartoonExhibition - Community and SolidarityAn exhibition commemorating the great miners’ strike In North Derbyshire 1984-85 on the 40th anniversary of the event.
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Monday, 18th March 2024 - Monday, 18th March 2024

Cover of DVD of The Miners' Campaign Tapes showing striking miners and policeMiners’ Strike - Background and OutcomesIn 1984 a group of independent film and video makers decided to show their support for the miners' strike using the tools they had available: their cameras.
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Friday, 15th March 2024 - Friday, 15th March 2024

Steve Brunt on the front cover of the EconomistReflections on the Miners’ StrikeSteve Brunt will give his perspective and reflections on the momentous year of 1984 and its aftermath, followed by a question and answer session.
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Saturday, 16th March 2024 - Saturday, 16th March 2024

Newspaper clipping from the Morning Star showing a march by miner' familiesNorth Derbyshire Women's Action GroupFollowing a showing of two short films, Kate Alvey and Janet Wilson will be in conversation about their experiences of organising during the Miners’ Strike and the role of Women in the North Derbyshire Coalfield.
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