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May 1, 2019

Black Country Living: A Space for Enterprise?
John Myers’ photographs are a unique record of the end of manufacturing in the Black Country. They document the landscape at a time of change – a move away from making and a highly skilled workforce, to distribution and retail services with jobs relatively unskilled and lowly paid. The changes saw the arrival of one of the UK’s first Enterprise Zones and the Merry Hill shopping Centre on the site of Round Oak Steelworks that closed in 1984. Looking forward, what will the future Black Country landscape look like? Will it grow as a space for enterprise and a new generation of pioneers of industry? Or will the fading traces of manufacturing remain as a reminder of better days?
Image: John Myers. Hermit Industries, Gornal, 1983
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