Then and Now

Posted on June 1, 2015

After the Bakers, Makers & Brewers fair, my final piece of work for White Mill will take the form of a photographic installation.

I will be purchasing 7 images from the Imperial War Museum, images of women working during WW1 either in the Land Army or in factories.  These images will be printed alongside current day photos I took of the volunteers going about their work at the Mill.  The associations between the pairings are loosely based on the functions of the Mill, i.e. matching the women from WW1 in their activities with similar activities performed today by the volunteers.

There will be 7 digitally printed framed pairs of photographs mounted in A3 frames which will be placed around the Mill buildings back in the context to which they reference.  There will be no descriptors on the photographs, i.e. information about the images themselves but they will be numbered.  There will be a small pamphlet which can be handed out to visitors by the volunteers which gives a description of the image from the Imperial War Museum and the name of the volunteers.  These images are supposed to be prompts, discussion points for the Mill guides and visitors to explore the work of women in WW1, the work that goes on at the Mill today and the function of the Mill both then and now.

Image on the right copyright of IWM.   Neil Aplin, Trustee of White Mill on the left and A female worker carries a sack of flour on her back at a British mill during the First World War. Q Q 30938
Left: Neil Aplin, Trustee of White Mill. Right: A female worker carries a sack of flour on her back at a British mill during the First World War, copyright IMW, Q 30938,

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205213691