Saturday, 17 July 2010

TGWU Belfast

Looking through old photographs, I found this one taken in Belfast: it's the TGWU building with its striking, five-story-high mural.

The Transport & General Workers' Union opened their new headquarters, Transport House, in 1959. At the time, Belfast's engineering industries were thriving and are represented here by an aeroplane, cranes, a ship, a factory and a line of Soviet-style workers.

Fifty years on, times have changed. Those industries have suffered decline, and the union has merged and changed name. Nonetheless, the building should live on to visibly mark this moment in Belfast's past, as it is now listed.

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