Manual Work in Britain at the turn of the century ‘Working out’ chronicles manual labour in Britain at the turn of the century. It celebrates the ‘worker’ and offers a candid view of what is being left behind in our headlong rush towards a technological future.

It documents industries that were once the backbone of the nation’s wealth and captures traditional ways of working that are rapidly becoming eroded. For instance, just a couple of months after Brent’s visit to South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall, the decision was taken to close it – bringing to an end centuries of tin mining in Europe.

As with much of Brent’s work the relationship between man and his landscape is central to the collection