Shipfitters, Tyneside
© Photograph by Edith Tudor-Hart

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Shipfitters, Tyneside Photographed about 1937
Next to Clydeside, Tyneside was the largest shipbuilding centre in Britain and Tudor-Hart photographed men and boys at work in the fitting yards. This image was part of a commission by, but not reproduced in, the ‘Geographical Magazine’, perhaps because it suggested rather traditional forms of labour. However, the article was upbeat about the enterprise of the local workforce which possessed innate skill “in engine design and mastery of tools”. As its author concluded: “go to sea, and practically every good marine engineer you meet will be a Tynesider, if he is not a Scotsman!”


  • Acc. No. PGP 279.49B
  • Medium Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • Size 28.30 x 27.70 cm
  • Credit Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004