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An Inland Voyage: Life on the Coventry and Oxford canals

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An Inland Voyage: Life on the Coventry and Oxford canals

Time: June 26, 2010 to August 30, 2010
Location: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Street: Jordan Well
City/Town: Coventry, CV1 5QP
Website or Map: http://www.theherbert.org
Phone: 024 7683 2386
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Latest Activity: Jun 23, 2010

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Inland Voyage reveals for the first time the remarkable photographic archive of Coventry factory worker, Robert Longden. During the late 1940s and early 1950s he documented an intimate history of a working life now long gone.

The photographs record the narrow boat people he encountered on the waterways, including at Coventry's power station and at Sutton Stop canal junction near Hawkesbury. They catch forever the moment of transformation which saw canals change from being industrial thoroughfares to locations for leisure.

Longden's archive has been especially digitally restored and printed for this exhibition.

Photo: Life on the canals in the 1940s and 50s; Robert Longden

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