Legacy and narrative are words which belong together. Legacy carries the idea of something being passed to a future generation, while narrative carries of the implication of storytelling.
Workington is a town in the north west of England with a long and important industrial history associated primarily with steel making. The legacy of this industry is rapidly disappearing to all but those in the know, or who know where to look.
This series investigates the traces of that legacy. It is a collection of examples of the signs and symbols that remain to be read by anyone prepared to invest the time to understand a little of the town’s history. They were gathered while wandering the streets, the less well known industrial areas and the shoreline. Within a generation first-hand knowledge of the origin of these objects will be all but gone – the legacy will have become largely the realm of archaeologists.
In choosing these eight images I have sought to vary the manner in which the legacy of the steel industry is portrayed and so help build a story of that industry. They are intended to be viewed as a set but to retain individual meaning for the viewer prepared to take the time.