Bolton Worktown

Between 1937 and 1938 Humphrey Spender took over 900 pictures of Bolton at the request of Tom Harrisson, one of the founders of the Mass-Observation project. See his 'Worktown' photographs on this website for a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people living and working in a British pre-War industrial town.

The site also contains information about the Mass Observation Unit, a biography of Humphrey Spender and some fascinating accompanying images taken by him during a return trip to Bolton in the 1980s.

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