Working
 Out

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