A documentation of the Blue Circle works at Eastgate in Weardale, Co Durham, developed in 1991. The works closed in 2002.
Dave Thomas wrote: ‘ I wanted to record on film the character of people employed in heavy industry. In a world of increasing high-tech automation, where machines and computers increasingly do our work for us, there is, I feel, a character and resolve about people who battle with the elements and work manually, that is perhaps being eroded and lost. It is an aspect of our culture and history that should be valued and cherished.’ Dave Thomas died in 2012.
All images © estate of Dave Thomas