Ann Cullis

I’m interested in hidden histories: how the past can be hidden in plain sight in images, words, traces.

This is a photograph of the workers (mainly women) at the Lotor Soap Factory in Morford Street, Bath, c.1900. It is incredibly rare to find an un-posed photograph of workers; usually they are lined-up like a school photo with the boss in pride of place.

Who were they, where did they live, what are they chatting about, what effect on their health did they suffer (soap-making is very hazardous).