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British Photography and Industrial Society

British Photography and Industrial Society

A five week Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) course

12 February 2016

5 February - 4 March 2016, WEA Course - British Photography & Industrial Society. Navvies, Manchester Ship Canal by W E Birtles © Chethams Library

Time 13:00 - 15:30

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

Cost £40.30 or free to those in receipt of means tested benefits

Who built the Manchester Ship Canal?  The civil engineer Sir Edward Leader Williams is credited – but it took thousands of navvies to do the hard work digging the canal with shovels.  Was it just men who worked in the Wigan Collieries?  As well as male coal miners, there were many women and children surface workers in collieries in Wigan.  The women were know as pit brow women or pit brow lasses.  Such workers are often missing from history.

Ian Beesley is an award winning and internationally acclaimed artist and photographer.  His unique collection of historic photographs, many sourced from local archives, are exhibited in the museum’s latest changing exhibition Grafters: Industrial society in image and word.  Enhanced photographic images bring to life working people and the industrial processes.

Photographer Ian Beesely will conduct a guided tour of the Grafters exhibition.  Commissioned work by the poet Ian McMillan accompanies the photographs in the exhibition, deepening our understanding of the lives of those workers involved in the industrial processes.

A learning experience in association with the People’s History Museum.  A five week course delivered by WEA tutor Mark Krantz; uncovering the history of the workers’ lives, what lies behind the photographs, and the nature of the industrial processes.

Suitable for adults aged 19 and overWorkers' Educational Association

Course runs Friday 5 February to Friday 4 March

Booking Requirements: Booking required by contacting WEA on 0151 243 5340 or booking online via WEA’s website.  Please quote course ref C3838042

*Please note this is a five week course, attendees are required to book onto all five weeks of the course*