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Frontside Furnace Worker, Bilston Steelworks

Between 1976 and 1978, workers at Bilston Steelworks (and Birchley Rolling Mills) became the subjects of Nick Hedges' photographic observation of working life. The photographs were published in 'Born to Work' (Pluto Press, 1982) and depict stark images of factory life. Hedges notes: 'Steelwork demands high levels of skill and experience, and at the same time is both physically demanding and extrem…