Broad Close, No 167 High Street

Made:
1868 in High Street
photographer:
Thomas Annan

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'Broad Close, No.167 High Street', 1868 A photograph of Broad Close, a passageway between the tenements off the High Street in Glasgow
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A photograph entitled 'Broad Close, No. 167 High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868. The photograph shows a passageway between the tenements off the High Street in Glasgow. A group of boys play in the street as a mother carrying her baby watches in the distance.

A photograph entitled 'Broad Close, No. 167 High Street', taken by Thomas Annan in 1868.

The photograph shows a passageway between the tenements off the High Street in Glasgow. A group of boys play in the street as a mother carrying her baby watches in the distance.

The High Street started at the east end of Glasgow which was where the majority of the city's slum housing was located. Overcrowding and poor sanitation resulted in high mortality rates caused by infection and disease.

In 1868 the City of Glasgow Improvement Trust approached Thomas Annan to take photographs of some of the slum areas of the city prior to demolition. The resulting images are some of the earliest examples of documentary photography.

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Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1987-5201/3
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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