© Natalie Willatt

25 May 2024, 3pm
Spode Museum | Stoke-on-Trent


UNION by Natalie Willatt
Photobook Launch


UNION tells the story of the high street and the local communities that are a key part of Stoke, one of the six towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent. Focussing on themes of belief and faith, in all their forms, from religious worship to music fandom, and from football team loyalty to allotment gardening, the photographs show different forms of congregation, community and union. They offer an alternative view to the commonly held idea of a neglected high street, and demonstrate the joy and community that exists on our high streets, often behind closed doors.

Join us! The photobook will be launched at an event at Spode Museum and distributed to all participants, as well as to the libraries and community spaces in Stoke.

Workshops with participants inspired the production of the photobook, and two new pieces of commissioned writing by Rebecca Nunes and Martin Gooding contextualise the work in Stoke town as part of Picturing High Streets. The publication has been designed by Chris Neophytou.

Picturing High Streets is a three year project by Historic England and Photoworks to create a contemporary portrait of England’s high streets, part of Historic England’s government-funded High Streets Heritage Action Zone scheme.

GRAIN Projects led partnerships and residencies across the Midlands including in Stoke.



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