Orphan's Grave at Wainstalls, near Halifax

Made:
1987
photographer:
Ian Beesley

'Orphans' grave at Wainstalls, near Halifax', about 1986
Ian Beesley/Science Museum Group
© Ian Beesley

Gelatine silver print entitled 'Orphan's Grave at Wainstalls, near Halifax' by Ian Beesley. Produced for the commission `Through the Mill:, The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs'. 1985-1987'.

In contrast, a simple headstone at the remote Wainstall cemetery, in the upper Calder Valley, highlights the 19th century practise of employing parish orphans whose life expectancy was considerably shortened by the harsh conditions found in mills at that time.

[Table 98: Through the Mill - The Story of Yorkshire Wool in Photographs, by Ian Beesley and Introduction by Gary Firth]

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1991-5061/57
type:
silver gelatin print
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford

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