It’s always satisfying to assist visitors with their research and we were more than happy to help photography student, Andrew Carson, with his university degree project on Springwater Works in Whitefield. Up until Andrew visited the Archives he could find very little information on the Bleach Works, whose remains lie in Springwater Park. Through consulting the archived papers of Oxford Archaeology North – who carried out an investigation of the area in 2013 for United Utilities – Andrew was able to piece together a history of the site and add useful context to the images he has created.
We were very pleased to learn that Andrew’s Springwater Project, whose resulting images illustrate the way nature reclaims our industrial past, is now complete! And we were equally pleased to provide Andrew with a way of exhibiting his hard work here in the Archive’s Search Room in one of our display cabinets.
The photographs above are just two of the resulting 12 which Andrew chose from well over 100 images taken of Springwater Works.
Andrew’s photographic exhibition (along with a digital display and print book with more images from the project) will be available to view in the Archive’s Search Room for the next few months. If you are interested in photography and/or our industrial heritage this is well worth a visit!
For more information on Andrew’s project, please visit his blog posts: