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Constructing Worktown: Mass Observation in the 1930s
Sun 12 June 2016, 14:00 – 15:00 BST
A worrying divide emerged in Britain between the two world wars; the mainly affluent south of the country felt a world away from the impoverished and poorly understood North.In 1938 a group of researchers, calling themselves
Mass Observation, set out to document the industrial North and everyday working-class life. This talk describes
Mass Observation’s adventure “up North” and the photographic results of a project they named “Worktown.”
Dr Andrew Hardman is an art historian with an interest in how archives are used to tell stories. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and working on a heritage
project with Manchester Cathedral. He also makes films for Belle Vue Productions (www.abellevueproduction.com).