A Woman's Work

**POSTPONED**Due to unforeseen circumstances we have made the difficult decision to postpone the exhibition ‘A Woman’s Work’ at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. We are working towards a new launch date to bring this important exhibition to Manchester and will share updates as soon as we have details. Sincere apologies to anyone who has made plans to visit. If you have any questions please email contact@britishculturearchive.co.uk

A Woman’s Work is a celebration of 20th century female documentary photography launching at Kimpton Clocktower Manchester.

Manchester, 1963 © Estate of Shirley Baker / Mary Evans Picture Library.

A Woman’s Work’ exhibition will feature iconic social documentary photography from Shirley Baker and Tish Murtha who are amongst the most pre-eminent British documentary photographers of the post-war era. Both photographers are best known for capturing social change and everyday life on the fringes of society. A Woman’s Work will be the first exhibition where both photographers are showcased together for the first time.

 “I love the immediacy of unposed, spontaneous photographs and the ability of the camera to capture the serious, the funny, the sublime and the ridiculous. Despite the many wonderful pictures of the great and famous, I feel that less formal, quotidian images can often convey more of the life and spirit of the time” – Shirley Baker

Tish Murtha Limited Edition Prints
Glenn on the Wall. From the series Elswick Kids (1978) by Tish Murtha. Photo © Ella Murtha, all rights reserved.

The exhibition will also feature the work of Heidi Alexander, who’s stunning black and white images of Stockport Market in the 1970s have gained significant popularity since being published by British Culture Archive in 2020.

Heidi says “I remember the bustle and the noise, especially the street pastors and their singing followers competing with the shouting traders for customers’ attention. One or two noticed a young female with a camera, but most were too busy finding that bargain or exchanging the latest gossip. Despite the bleakness, the atmosphere was unmistakably warm and energetic and jolly.”

Stockport Market, 1977.
Stockport Market, 1977. Photo © Heidi Alexander.

We are also featuring the work of photographer Anne Worthington, who produced an incredible body of work that documented the inner city communities of East Manchester in the early 2000s.

The photographs show the inner city communities of Beswick, Clayton and Openshaw – areas of East Manchester that had fallen into decline. They capture the last days of these industrial areas, before and during the demolition that made way for new housing and businesses. Anne focused on the daily lives of people who lived there, and how they worked to keep their community together when so many institutions had fallen away.

Photo of Clayton, Manchester, 2000.
Clayton, Manchester, 2000. Photo © Anne Worthington.


The Exhibition will be showcased in the lobby area of the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel as well as in The Refuge.

From 29th July 2021 – 30th September 2021. Free Entry.

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