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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.

Are we Nearly There Yet?

Who remembers going on a holiday to the sea? A once-a-year pilgrimage to Rhyl, Severn Beach or Weston-super-Mare if your family was really posh. Coach trips were a popular way to get to coastal destinations in the 1960s, and it … Continue reading

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Lock, Stock and Smoking Chimneys on the Terraced House

I love the terraced house; they have been around since the 16th century and can be found all over the world. To me they are a house we understand and am familiar with. They have an honest means of construction … Continue reading

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A Caravan Holiday by the Sea

So, who remembers caravan holiday by the sea? Travelling by steam train to exotic locations like Rhyl or Prestatyn… to caravan parks with mind bogglingly creative name like “Happy Days” or Sunny Sands Holiday Park or Sea View… a telescope … Continue reading

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Bewdley Museum

I love this museum; it has to be my all-time favourite. It’s a museum without a hard boundary. There are lots of interesting outdoor rooms for you to immerse and indulge yourself in. It’s a place where you can take … Continue reading

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On this special Remembrance Day, let us not forget the invisible casualties of war.

This is my dad 18 at years old. Already a fully trained soldier fighting for his country and a cause he believed in. He survived the WWII and continued his active service for another two years after the war ended. … Continue reading

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A lighthouse tower in Birmingham

In the Studio, time for another tower, a lighthouse tower in Birmingham? Of course, there is a connection between lighthouses and Birmingham. Chance Brothers and Company was a glassworks originally based in Spon Lane, Smethwick. Located between Birmingham and the … Continue reading

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Back to Backs

In the Studio…. The Back to Backs. I was in a mind experiment mood today. Teasing out memoires of how well I recalled the Back to Back houses that were so common in Birmingham. No reference photo to draw by, … Continue reading

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Leawood Pump House on the Cromford Canal

This is one of my favourite (special) places. Set in woodland between the Cromford Canal and the River Derwent, it is a wonderful icon of our industrial past. The now Grade II* listed building was erected 1849 to pump water … Continue reading

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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. There was an immense pride in … Continue reading

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Staying on the Radar at Titterstone Clee

Shropshire is the home of my ancestors; I have traced them back to the 17th century. While it is seen as rural, it has been an ever-changing landscape. None more so than at Titterstone Clee. Near the summit trig point … Continue reading

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