The City That Was//

The 1960s and 1970s witnessed a profound change in working class culture. The mass migration of the late 19th and early 20th century to industrial cities was stimulated by employment opportunities and the economic growth of Empire. Over a period of 70-80 years a rich and varied working class culture had been established alongside a strong sense of community. But by the 1960s all this was challenged by the need to restore urban communities impoverished by the Second World War, and to rebuild the thousands of inadequate terraced streets. These photographs are an attempt to celebrate that rich culture and environment before it was cast to the desolate periphery of the modern city.