‘Compelling evidence’: mobilizing the Carlton Hill photographic archive

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Julia Winckler


Our project bridges the field of social work with the field of photography and archival scholarship and our interdisciplinary research team includes scholars from within social sciences and visual studies. We explore connected, transnational histories through a cultural framework and try to reconcile different viewpoints by working across historical spaces. In this paper, we focused on a single British case study, the Carlton Hill collection in Brighton that documented the area prior to it being demolished under the pretext of ‘slum’ clearance. We presented a small number of visual interventions and activities that were timed to coincide with the IVM conference in Brighton in September 2015. The collection continues to live on; the photographs, in their manifestations as physical objects or online images, continue to communicate through their itinerant languages. Our research shows that archival objects do not stay in place, the object and the auspices shift over time. New reworkings become possible, along with new sets of questions. Visual methods facilitate and heighten interventions and interferences, they dislodge familiar readings and holding spaces, and reopen those relations anew. 

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Winckler, J. (2017). ‘Compelling evidence’: mobilizing the Carlton Hill photographic archive. Visual Methodologies, 5(1), 20-31. https://doi.org/10.7331/vm.v5i1.93
Special Issue: Fourth International Visual Methods Conference
Author Biography

Julia Winckler, University of Brighton

Adrienne Chambon is professor emerita of social work at the University of Toronto. She has written and taught on post-structural Foucauldian approaches to knowledge and on the history and memory of social work and social welfare. Her latest SSHRC funded projects examined the relation between practices of arts and social work, and the most recent study examined the archives of a local childcare agency. From those projects on arts and on archives, she has lectured, published and taught.

Julia Winckler (University of Brighton) is an artist and senior lecturer, with extensive experience in visual archive-based projects. Her work attends to collective memory traces. These are articulated and mediated through visual techniques to raise new questions and engage with audiences.

Selma Montford is a writer and publisher, and for many years was the director of the Lewis Cohen Urban Studies Centre, housed within the University of Brighton. Conversations with Sarah Rose Cook of Carlton Hill, published by Selma’s Brighton Town Press came out in March 2016.