“Workers Thread” seeks to focus on the many ordinary working people whose skills and labour have created the public buildings which grace our towns and cities but who are never mentioned at the official openings, and whose names are not recorded on the opening plaque. The project began with taking part in the part in activities with Bishop Auckland Heritage Action Zone, and Richard has also been working (online) with students from Greenfield Community College through Greenfield Arts Centre and with volunteers at Ushaw (House and Gardens).
Work is almost complete for the show Worker's Thread which will open at Ushaw later this year.
The final show will celebrate Kitty Grady and the other women who worked at Ushaw in the 1920s and 30s, the Pioneer women who were amongst the first residents of Newton Aycliffe and Richard Cordner (see image) who built Bishop Auckland Town Hall and much of the railway infrastructure of the Tees Valley in the latter part of the C19th.
Work in progress for Richard Cordner's waistcoat. The work traces Cordner's life from a labouring stone-mason to wealthy businessman.