Almost three years since I first stumbled across the eerie site of what was a WW1 military hospital on Cannock Chase, a permanent archive and touring exhibition has been created this month at the Museum of Cannock Chase to celebrate the memories of the mining community who made the place home between the 1940’s and 1950’s.
It has been a real privilege to work with residents of the village and to be given permission to use their archive photographs to recreate images of ‘then and now’ as well as other digital work to complement the exhibition.
The exhibition runs until 12th October and then it will be touring local libraries; there has been a lot of interest locally in a part of our local history that would of otherwise been totally reclaimed by the forest.
As part of the private view, children produced simple collograph prints based on the hut structures and these were placed back at the village site.
Plans are afoot to produce a digital record of the exhibition and information about the village by the Brindley Village Legacy Group here: http://bvlg.btck.co.uk/
Many thanks to the residents whose images were reproduced as part of the exhibited work.