Exhibition of Hartlepool worker gives unique insight into shipyards

Lauren Marsden

Lauren Marsden

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A new exhibition in Hartlepool gives a unique insight into the world of North East shipyards.

Lauren Marsden has used photographs that her father Phillip Marsden took during his time working at Richardson Westgarth in Hartlepool and Smith’s Dock.

Phillip Marsden. Picture by FRANK REID

Phillip Marsden. Picture by FRANK REID

She found the photographs after Philip, a precision engineer, died in 2015 and says they revealed a side of his life she had not seen before. Lauren, 23, said: “He was a very keen photographer and had a massive box full of photographs.

“I came across these pictures that I had never seen before and that inspired me to do the project.”

Lauren has used some of Philip’s original photographs and combined them with her own ‘precision engineered’ pictures to convey a sense of accuracy and detail like that of her father’s work.

Philip worked at Richardson Westgarth shipbuilders between 1978 and 1981.

Lauren Marsden screws a photograph taken by her dad Phillip onto a wall at the central library. Picture by FRANK REID

Lauren Marsden screws a photograph taken by her dad Phillip onto a wall at the central library. Picture by FRANK REID

After the business closed, he joined many other workers who went to Smith’s Dock.

Lauren’s exhibition, entitled Conjoined Realities, is on at Hartlepool Central Library, now until Monday, June 5.

One of the photos that features in the exhibition.

One of the photos that features in the exhibition.

One of the photos that features in the exhibition.

One of the photos that features in the exhibition.

One of the photos that features in the exhibition.

One of the photos that features in the exhibition.