Scotswood Road

Jimmy Forsyth

A working class, Newcastle community, increasingly facing demolitions and redevelopment, documented in the 1950s and early 60s by a photographer who was part of the community.

Originally from Barry in South Wales, Forsyth lost an eye in an industrial accident and took up photography, buying a camera at a pawn shop. He embarked on his classic documentation of Newcastle’s West End in 1954, aware of the imminent radical changes. Tish Murtha’s Save Scotswood Works, Juvenile Jazz Bands and Youth Unemployment were photographed in the same area in the late 1970s and early 80s.

© Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Show More

Supporting Materials