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Grafters: Industrial society in image and word – opening Sat 6 February 2016


6 February - 14 August 2016, Grafters: Industrial society in image and word @ People's History Museum. Demolition men, Newcastle. Jimmy Forsyth, 1956. Courtesy of Tyne and Wear MuseumsAs Britain’s society changed, techniques in photography developed, enabling workers to capture their own lives for the first time.  In our exciting new exhibition Grafters, visitors will witness how the working classes went from objects in photos, to heroic representations of industry and finally to photographers themselves.

Curated by leading documentary photographer Ian Beesley, the exhibition highlights unseen images from important photographic collections.  To accompany these scenes of industrial life, the museum has commissioned new poems from the ‘Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan, giving new voice to the unknown people captured in the images.

Grafters is on show from Saturday 6 February to Sunday 14 August 2016.