Part II: New Surroundings
Introduced by Gurj Kang
“The new environment presented a new life and culture. As the photos showcase, the landscape and the climate required an adaption of clothes, and customs.
“The Yorkshire scenery brought with the first glimpses of a much harsher and colder climate, with rolling hills, old stone, and brand new weather conditions.
“The photos also show a population openly embracing the dress codes of the day, and seeing that as a point of successful integration. Stories of immigrants would abound, where they would warn eachother that not wearing socks could result in arrest.
“For many settling in Bradford, the children that they had would shift their frame of thinking from being economic migrants with the ‘Myth of return’, to effectively marrying them to this country.”
Next time: we explore the role of women within the 1950s/60s community, and see what life in the mills would’ve been like for Bradford’s new citizens.