Maison Syndicale (The Trade Union office)
The Maison Syndicale emerged following the great Courrières Disaster of 1906, out of the miners' need to be represented in negotiations with the management regarding working conditions. Famous for the place it occupied in the struggle for miners' rights, this site was the starting point for all trade union demonstrations and the head office of all the miners' unions of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais until the pits closed. The pediment representing miners at work glorifies the strength and endurance of these men who worked in the pits. The building is now the site of temporary exhibitions, a record office on mining history and the head office of the Lands of Art and History of Lens-Liévin.