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The Science Museum is the only London stop for this touring exhibition, which tells the story of contemporary British manufacturing and industry. Between them, nine Magnum photographers visited more than 100 workplaces in the UK documenting subjects ranging from traditional handmade crafts to modern intelligent automation and from assembly lines to research laboratories.


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Nine international photographers visited 100 manufacturing businesses to document British industry in the 21st century. Although it’s not true to say ‘we don’t make anything anymore’, it’s all got rather more hi-tech than it used to be. Those lusting after our dark, satanic mills are likely to be disappointed.

Some of the work is frankly rather dull, although there are several images that make this worth seeing if you’re in the area. Bruce Gilden’s portraits of staff at the Tate & Lyle factory make you question their human rights record, while Peter Marlow’s shots of heavy industry from the Midlands will make even the softest southerner proud of our nation’s industrial heritage. 

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