A symbol of the past fighting for its future.

Redcar Steelworks. I took this image in 2015 while the steelworks was still operational. I was captivated only buy the industrial process, but the sense of community that had grown up around this site.


A symbol of the past fighting for its future.

There was an immense pride in the steelworks, its our place, people would say. The steelworks had become part of the local culture. The railways station is named British Steel Redcar and is located in an area called Steel House.

The steelworks created jobs, training, education and skills that lead to sustainable independent living. This enabled everyday people to meet their very basic needs of food and shelter. People felt contents with just that.

Along the South Gare Breakwater there is a whole community of small wooden huts and a marine club. It’s almost as if people did not have a desire to be away from their beloved steelworks.

At the time of taking the photo, this concept of people in worthwhile work sat very comfortable with me, but in today climate it all felt too good to be true. It was.

We all know what happened next, so now we have this iconic monument to our industry now becoming a symbol of the past fighting for its future.

About morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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