* milk street (2022)
milk street was a short-term researching and raising awareness about the old weavers’ cottages of manchester's northern quarter. in 2021, several of these cottages on kelvin street (previously milk street) were unlisted and approved for demolition and redevelopment into an apartment complex. two posters display the earliest of my research into the past inhabitants of milk street, featuring a historic map and names from the 1861 census. the people named on the right-hand poster were working class hand-weavers and spinners who inhabited the purpose-built cottages during manchester’s industrial revolution. they were ordinary people, but their craftsmanship helped make manchester the industrial textile powerhouse it was in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the cultural hub it is today. by naming them, we provide relatable and accessible history to bring these disregarded, yet culturally vital, buildings to life. if you erase working class history, you take away the heart and soul of what made a city what it is today.