Durham 1965 by John Bulmer
Durham 1965 by John Bulmer
Northern Soul by John Bulmer
14 January 2013

The next temporary exhibition at The Museum of Cannock Chase is of work by renowned photojournalist, John Bulmer.

Entitled Northern Soul, the exhibition is a selection of John’s images of life and times in the 1960s’ and will run from Monday 14 January until Friday 1 March 2013.

A pioneer of colour photography during the 1960s, Bulmer’s work was included in the very first colour supplement launched by the Sunday Times.

From the early sixties John Bulmer travelled across the north of England and the Midlands recording everyday life in its industrial centres.

What is exceptional about most of this work is the decision to use colour. In a recent interview Bulmer recalls, “It didn’t occur to anyone to take the north of England in colour – that was considered a black and white subject.” Colour photographs were usually taken on bright sunny days or in the studio, and Bulmer deliberately worked in the fog or sombre light of winter.

Alisa Bellingham, Museum Service Manager for WLCT - who manage the museum on behalf of Cannock Chase District Council - said: “Anyone with memories of the 1960s can identify with these images. They include photographs of working life, home life in working class homes and images of coal mining and provide a fascinating snapshot of life as it was then.”

The museum is currently open Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm.

For further information contact the Museum of Cannock Chase on 01543 877 666.