Friday, 9 September 2016

1960's St Ebbe's in colour

Tom Hassall, the archaeologist who ran excavations in St Ebbe's before the first Westgate Centre was built, has shared his extensive collection of slides taken in the area when he began work in 1967. Although St Ebbe's was regarded as a slum and planners did not think it should be preserved, Tom sensed that something was going that should be captured. He took many photographs for his personal archive, recording details of remaining houses, the demolition process and aspects of the construction of the Westgate Centre.

After so many black and white images of St Ebbe's it is a revelation to see the area in colour.

All photographs are used with the permission of Tom Hassall.


  1. How might we get in touch to put forward information for the project?

    1. Dear Wendy, Apologies - I must have missed this message. I would love to hear from you and will be carrying out some workshops at Modern Art Oxford during the coming month to gather more memories, photos etc. More information can be found on their website
      The dates are 25th and 31st May and 6th and 15th June from 2-4pm.
      If you can't manage any of these times then please contact me and we can find a mutually convenient time to meet.
      I look forward to hearing from you.
      Best regards,

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