Examining how manufacturing has changed the environments in which we live, this exhibition presents late 19th and mid-20th century glass-plate  negatives and archival photographs of former Nottingham lace and John Player & Sons factories and their workers, alongside contemporary commissions: Ben Roberts, who examined how the arrival of the online shopping giant Amazon had upon a former coal-mining town, and David Severn who visited the historic Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, the oldest continuous working china factory in Britain.  Each photograph in the exhibition makes connections to local industries where economic success, and at times decline, has helped shape the Midlands and its people over time.

Curated by Nottingham Castle, this exhibition has been staged in conjunction with FORMAT International Photography Festival coordinated by QUAD, Derby.


Image: Courtesy of the Nottingham Industrial Museum archives, part of Nottingham City Museums & Galleries


Built on a 130 ft cliff, Nottingham Castle functioned as a royal fortress and residence in the middle ages and later became the site of the Duke of Newcastle's mansion.


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