After researching into Len Grant and John Davies these two photographers have influenced my Final Major Project as well as my dissertation and their photography work on Manchester City Centre caused from the IRA bomb on 15th June 1996. I wanted to go visit the site around manchester what had the most impact or a remembrance people know of. For instance, where Marks and spencer’s once was, which is now Selfridge’s retail store, I photographed and the bridge which has been rebuilt in an all glass, modern design structure. But the red postbox which stands outside by the once old, now new building wasn’t destroyed by the blast, it survived with very little damage just a few scratches. Today you’ll find there is a gold plaque attached to a memorial. The inscription says “This postbox remained standing almost undamaged on June 15, 1996 when this area was devastated by a bomb. The box was removed during the rebuilding of the city centre and was returned to its original site on November 22nd 1999”
As well as Mark’s and Spencers, The Old Wellington pub and Sinclairs Oyster bar was relocated to Shambles square from it’s original site, brick by brick to wonky floorboards and cigarette stains. These buildings managed to survive the blast due to being protected by two concrete highrise buildings on each side, but with new designs for Manchester, the building wasn’t suitable to stay on the original site.