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Breaking the Mould
Breaking the Mould is a snapshot of some of the abandoned or underused buildings in Stoke-on-Trent visited between January and March 2009.

The Potteries is a collection of once thriving independent towns lying between Manchester and Birmingham on a 13 mile stretch of rich clay and coal seams along the River Trent. The area changed rapidly during the industrial revolution. Local entrepreneurs such as Wedgwood transformed manufacturing and mass production in the area. In Britain we think of Manchester or Glasgow as the powerhouses of the industrial revolution. I was astonished when first exploring Stoke-on-Trent to find so many extraordinary industrial and cultural buildings remaining in good condition, many as if the last shift had just ended.

The six towns that now comprise Stoke-on-Trent were brought together by an act of federation in 1910. These photos meditate on the debate - What's next for Stoke? Are these buildings the key to providing a continuity of culture in a region that is seeking a new identity? Breaking the Mould is the first in a series of cultural masterplan projects that Civic Works is developing for Stoke on Trent.

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