Other Projects

Battersea Power Station

These images show one employee working in Battersea Power Station on 25 December - Christmas Day - in the 1960s. He was the only person keeping the station going on that day. Whilst the outer shell of Battersea Power Station is well-documented the inside is less so.

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Digswell House, Artists, 1958

Digswell was established in 1957 as a Trust to provide emerging and professional artists accommodation, studios and workshops. These photographs were taken in the first house which was a decayed regency mansion with cottages and outbuildings on the edge of Welwyn Garden City.

They show portraits of some of the first artists working, and their families living, in this famous house in 1958, including well renowned weaver Peter Collingwood, painter and stained glass artist Tom Fairs, print maker John Brunsdon and many more artists such as Ralph Brown, David Dewey, Keith New and Donald Brook.

Working for artists for over 50 years, the Trust has since expanded into three studios, continuing to support emerging artists in the first stages of their career.

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English Canal Boats

These images show one of the first horse drawn canal boat cruises after the reopening of the canals following the Second World War. In 1958 the Observer used these photographs to advertise these exciting holidays. In London in the 1980s, Bridget bought her own 45' narrow boat named ‘Ivy Alice’ and travelled in it for 8 years around England with friends including taking it to Llangothlin, Wales and over the Pennines to Saltaire.

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East Africa

In 1948, when Bridget was 18, she travelled with her mother to visit her adopted sister in Kenya. They travelled on the “Kenya Castle” – Union-Castle Line boats that took the mail around Africa every month as well as passengers. Going through the Suez Canal and down the East side of Africa they called at Zanzibar and Kenya down to South Africa.

In Kenya they travelled beyond Nairobi at the time of the Mau Mau Rebellion. In Zanzibar Bridget managed to capture the Emir outside his Palace.

They then travelled back to the coast and called at Cape Town, St Helena and back up to the West Coast. They were away for about 4 months.

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Pueblo Churches, New Mexico

The Pueblo Tribe are a group of Native Americans living in New Mexico. This series show some of their beautiful Christian churches located in Santa Fe.

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Gerda Flockingher

Flockingher was a key pioneer in jewellery making in England in the 1950s. She reinvented the fusion technique which involved fusing and twisting fine strands of gold and silver and using molten metals that were then embellished with diamonds, semi-precious stones and gold granules.

Her experimental course at the Hornsey College of Art in London 1962 went onto regenerate British jewellery with it’s focus on the interplay between design and technique. She later taught metals at the school from 1962-1968. Working as a jeweller for 17 years, in 1971 she was offered a show at the V & A.

These photographs show Flockingher making and wearing some of her jewellery pieces over a period of 7 years in the 1950s, as well as pictures of the famous artist Joanna Carrington (daughter of Noel Carrington and niece of Dora Carrington) modelling Flockingher's jewellery.

The ring worn by Gerda in the first image was in fact bought for Mary Quant - British fashion designer and inventor of the mini skirt and hot pants – as an engagement ring by her husband to be Alexander Plunket Greene, also a fashion entrepreneur and creator of the fashion boutique ‘Bazaar’.

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Lotus Car Factory

The first Lotus Car Factory was built in 1954 in Hornsey, situated behind a railway hotel, where these photographs were taken. They show the cars being designed, constructed and test-driven by the dedicated makers, including the Lotus Elite, as well as parts of engines and wheels. The photographs reveal the humble origins of Lotus Cars and where Colin Chapman first set up shop before he developed Lotus into the iconic and powerful British brand that it is today.

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Mexico

After being commissioned by Farmers Weekly to take photographs at the Young Farmers League in St Louis, Bridget travelled from New York City via St Louis to Mexico City where she met up with her brother Alistair Bevington and his wife. They then did a trip around Mexico by bus visiting many of the ancient monuments where Bridget was able to photograph a lot of markets and people.

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Model in Studio

Bridget, more accustomed to taking documentary and observational photographs, one day decided to experiment in the studio using a model, studio lighting and props to create these surreal images.

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Nuns Working on a Farm

Bridget took these photographs for Farmers Weekly for a particular section in the magazine devoted specifically to focusing on women and how they work in the rural community.

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RCA Fashion Show

These images show a Royal College of Art Fashion show in the 1960s. Documenting behind the scenes, the cat walk as well as established figures within the RCA including the Head of Fashion at that time - Janey Ironside. Highly of their time they are beautiful documents of 1960s people and fashion.

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Wedgewood Factory, 1950's

These images were taken inside the Wedgewood Factory in the 1950s for Farmers Weekly and demonstrate just out intricate and delicate the making of this pottery was.

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