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Edwardians at Work

Fun outside the factory gates: a long-lost world of working life captured by the lenses of Mitchell and Kenyon.

Some of Mitchell and Kenyon's liveliest, most joyous images can be found among the scores of films they shot outside places of work. From the cotton mills on their Lancashire doorstep the duo travelled to engineering factories and ironworks, collieries and shipyards - not to mention railway works, hat and boot makers, paint, paper and glass manufacturers, brewers and biscuit-makers. These films show an early 20th century economy that was industrialised and relatively prosperous - and very hard-working. It's striking, too, how many children loiter in shot - some of them, no doubt, workers, at a time when child labour was regulated but not yet legislated away. Indoor light was too dim for early film stock, so M&K never took their camera beyond the factory gate. But then, what they filmed outside was so much more alive: at shift's end the workers might be weary, but they were also relaxed, even playful. Tens of thousands of faces passed before M&K's cameras, but these workers appear to us not just as a mass, but as individuals. They look out at us, eye to eye across a century and more. Digitisation of this collection was funded by The National Lottery.

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Non-Fiction1900 minsSilent Location: Manchester

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Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Manchester

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A great surge of workers pushes through the gates of a Lancashire mill.

Employees Leaving Furness Railway Works, Barrow (1901)
Employees Leaving Furness Railway Works, Barrow (1901)
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Employees Leaving Furness Railway Works, Barrow (1901)

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Barrow-In-Furness

An all-male Edwardian crowd is filmed leaving work in the north western town.

Employees Leaving Vickers, Sons & Maxim Works, Sheffield (1901)
Employees Leaving Vickers, Sons & Maxim Works, Sheffield (1901)
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Employees Leaving Vickers, Sons & Maxim Works, Sheffield (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Sheffield

A drizzly street scene outside one of south Yorkshire's major employers.

Factory Exit in Wigan (1901)
Factory Exit in Wigan (1901)
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Factory Exit in Wigan (1901)

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Wigan

The largely female workforce of an Edwardian Lancashire factory parades past the camera.

Workforce Leaving Smith & Coventry Works, Ordsall Lane, Salford (c.1901)
Workforce Leaving Smith & Coventry Works, Ordsall Lane, Salford (c.1901)
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Workforce Leaving Smith & Coventry Works, Ordsall Lane, Salford (c.1901)

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Salford

Men and lads spill out at the end of their shift at a Lancashire iron works.

Workers at Barlow and Tweedale Ironworks, Castleton Nr Rochdale (1905)
Workers at Barlow and Tweedale Ironworks, Castleton Nr Rochdale (1905)
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Workers at Barlow and Tweedale Ironworks, Castleton Nr Rochdale (1905)

Non-Fiction19053 minsSilent Location: Castleton

Workers and wagons pass through the main gate of an engineering factory in Edwardian Lancashire.

Workers at Carr's Biscuit Works, Carlisle (1901)
Workers at Carr's Biscuit Works, Carlisle (1901)
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Workers at Carr's Biscuit Works, Carlisle (1901)

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Carlisle

Royal Warrant biscuit-makers released after their shift.

Employees Leaving Gilroy's Jute Works, Dundee (1901)
Employees Leaving Gilroy's Jute Works, Dundee (1901)
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Employees Leaving Gilroy's Jute Works, Dundee (1901)

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Dundee

Employees race out of a Jute works in Edwardian Dundee.

Workers Leaving Nuttall's Brewery, Blackburn (1900)
Workers Leaving Nuttall's Brewery, Blackburn (1900)
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Workers Leaving Nuttall's Brewery, Blackburn (1900)

Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent Location: Blackburn

Filmed at a production plant for Edwardian ale, this unique footage carries a powerful scent of malt and hops.

Darwen Factory Gate (1901)
Darwen Factory Gate (1901)
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Darwen Factory Gate (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Darwen

Bustling scenes in Edwardian Lancashire, outside the mill gates and on the street.

Workers Leaving a Factory in Leyland (c.1900)
Workers Leaving a Factory in Leyland (c.1900)
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Workers Leaving a Factory in Leyland (c.1900)

Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent Location: Leyland

Another shift ends in Victorian Lancashire, while children play in the street.

Factory Workers in Clitheroe (1901)
Factory Workers in Clitheroe (1901)
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Factory Workers in Clitheroe (1901)

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Clitheroe

Crowds of cotton workers flow through the gates of the Clitheroe textile mill.

Workers Leaving a Factory in Wigan (1902)
Workers Leaving a Factory in Wigan (1902)
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Workers Leaving a Factory in Wigan (1902)

Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent Location: Wigan

Well-heeled Edwardian workers head home after work.

Workers Leaving Textile Factory in Patricroft (1901)
Workers Leaving Textile Factory in Patricroft (1901)
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Workers Leaving Textile Factory in Patricroft (1901)

Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent

Grinning textile workers head through the factory gates, another shift completed.

Turn Out of the Leeds Fire Brigade (1901)
Turn Out of the Leeds Fire Brigade (1901)
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Turn Out of the Leeds Fire Brigade (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Leeds

Scenes in Leeds city centre as Edwardian firemen roll through on drill.

Workers Leaving a Factory in Droylsden (1901)
Workers Leaving a Factory in Droylsden (1901)
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Workers Leaving a Factory in Droylsden (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Droylsden

Workers in Edwardian Lancashire become ghostly thanks to an odd camera effect.

Workpeople from Messrs Mayall's Mills Emerging on Queen Street, Mossley (1900)
Workpeople from Messrs Mayall's Mills Emerging on Queen Street, Mossley (1900)
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Workpeople from Messrs Mayall's Mills Emerging on Queen Street, Mossley (1900)

Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent Location: Mossley

Victorian textile workers at a mill near Manchester

Workpeople Leaving For Dinner, Robinson's Iron Foundry, Rochdale (1901)
Workpeople Leaving For Dinner, Robinson's Iron Foundry, Rochdale (1901)
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Workpeople Leaving For Dinner, Robinson's Iron Foundry, Rochdale (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Rochdale

Employees exit a Lancashire works on a drizzly day.

Turn Out of the Keighley Fire Brigade (1902)
Turn Out of the Keighley Fire Brigade (1902)
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Turn Out of the Keighley Fire Brigade (1902)

Non-Fiction19024 minsSilent Location: Keighley

Their brass helmets gleaming, Edwardian firefighters in the West Yorkshire town demonstrate aspects of their job.

Workers Leaving Guest and Chrimes Brassworks, Rotherham (1901)
Workers Leaving Guest and Chrimes Brassworks, Rotherham (1901)
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Workers Leaving Guest and Chrimes Brassworks, Rotherham (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Rotherham

Employees of a South Yorkshire brassworks walk or cycle past the camera.

Employees Leaving Yates, Haywood & Co. Foundry, Rotherham (1900)
Employees Leaving Yates, Haywood & Co. Foundry, Rotherham (1900)
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Employees Leaving Yates, Haywood & Co. Foundry, Rotherham (1900)

Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Rotherham

Victorian ironworkers emerge from the grand entrance of a long-established South Yorkshire firm.

Turn out of the Hull Fire Brigade (1902)
Turn out of the Hull Fire Brigade (1902)
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Turn out of the Hull Fire Brigade (1902)

Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent Location: Kingston upon Hull

The fire brigade springs into action for the benefit of the camera.

Workers Leaving Factory in Barrow (1901)
Workers Leaving Factory in Barrow (1901)
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Workers Leaving Factory in Barrow (1901)

Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent Location: Barrow-In-Furness

A tidy exit from an unidentified factory in Edwardian Barrow in Furness.

Co-operative Wholesale Clothing Factory in Manchester (c.1900)
Co-operative Wholesale Clothing Factory in Manchester (c.1900)
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Co-operative Wholesale Clothing Factory in Manchester (c.1900)

Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent Location: Manchester

Victorian Manchester mill workers enjoy the novelty of a moving picture camera.

Turn Out of the Newcastle Fire Brigade (1901)
Turn Out of the Newcastle Fire Brigade (1901)
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Turn Out of the Newcastle Fire Brigade (1901)

Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Glistening brass and galloping horses thrill the crowds at a municipal Fire Brigade drill.