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Centre for Worktown Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Worktown Studies

Welcome to the Centre for Worktown Studies

The Centre for Worktown Studies promotes and supports academic research and public engagement activities around Bolton’s identity as Mass Observation’s ‘Worktown’. The Worktown project involved an in-depth study of everyday life in the Lancashire cotton town of Bolton between 1937 and 1940. The Worktown archive is an internationally renowned historical source of the social and cultural history of a northern British working class community.

The Centre has been designated a Good Practice Case Study of Higher Education Institute and Museum Collaboration by Renaissance North West. We are happy to meet and work with other researchers interested in Mass Observation’s Worktown.


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A Mass Observation team was established in Bolton in 1937 to produce a detailed written and photographic record of everyday life in Worktown.

The Spender Collection, which comprises approximately 800 images taken in Bolton (and Blackpool as the Mass Observation team travelled there to observe ‘Worktowners’ on holiday) remains in Bolton Museum` and is a social documentary photographic archive of national and international significance.

The Centre has been designated a Good Practice Case Study of HEI Museum collaboration by Renaissance North West. We are happy to meet and work with other researchers interested in Mass Observation’s Worktown.

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