Arthur Phillipson Consett Steelworks Photographer (and also Consett Area)

We would welcome your help to build up a “story” about Arthur and also to share some of his pictures both of the Steelworks, its workers but also local pictures as we understand he took wedding photographs etc

Did you know him or family?

Did you work with him?

Did he take pictures of your wedding or special days?


The Aims of the History Consett Steelworks Project

After our initial online launch due to COVID we are now beginning to work on the next stage of the development of the project

To this end and to share the aims of the project here are our aims

  1. To work towards becoming a form of charity with Trustees etc to then be able to seek funding from various sources
  2. To archive various items including photographs, documents etc in a range of ways with the desire to make it accessible to all
  3. To improve and add to our website
  4. To campaign for a permanent display space/museum
  5. To work towards to finding the next generation of custodians to carry on the work
  6. To continue with the “mapping of the site” and to display this in a range of ways including hopefully 3D modeling and Virtual reality
  7. To work with other groups and projects to support their Steelworks or Consett area based activities
  8. To promote the work we are doing in various ways from social media, to displays, exhibitions and video/oral recordings
  9. To be a custodian of any donations already made or made in the future
  10. To be available to provide information for researchers, media and the like

We would like to thank the near 3,000 members of the Facebook group

This is only the start and watch out for updates as we move forward

Derek Foster Crane Driver

Deborah Spencer kindly got in touch

My dad Derek Foster

The one on the right tonight black and white picture. The other men are Tommy really he was a slinger( now deceased) and Barry Symore he was a slinger.( he went to Australia, ).

My dad Derek was a crane driver from 1961 -1981.

Now added to HCSW Facebook page album of “Workers”

Do get in touch to add yourself or a family member

Sketch Donation

Following recent presentation at Consett Salvation Army we were kindly contacted by Isabel Panting with a donation of some sketches of the Steelworks she had when she Landlord at a local pub

We will make sure they form part of future exhibitions and displays so they can be enjoyed by as many people as possible and for future generations to come

Do comment or get in touch if have any items you could consider donating

International Womens Day 2023-Women working at “The Works” lets hear your memories and stories


Women worked at the “Works” lets hear your stories and see your pictures

Also if you would be willing be great to put you in touch with Building Self-Belief CIO to take part in Heritage Funded project they are “managing” – please comment, or email if this is of interest