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Nicklin Unseen: 'Overwhelming response' to archived images of Birmingham

Brumpic founder hails success of first supplement as year-long mission to showcase Nicklin's work gets into gear

The founder of nostalgia website Brumpic says he has been overwhelmed by the response to unseen archives of photographer Phyllis Nicklin.

David Oram, who co-founded the popular site and Twitter account @Brumpic with Melanie Reid, says the publication of two supplements in the Birmingham Post is just the start of a year-long journey to discover Ms Nicklin's vast body of work.

David, who works as an events manager at the University of Birmingham, found more than 1,000 colour 35mm slides taken by the former lecturer during the 1950s and 60s.

The Birmingham Post has published more than 60 of these images in two special supplements, last week and out tomorrow and in the gallery above.

The conversation can also be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #NicklinUnseen while Brumpic galleries published on the Post last year can be seen here.

David said: "This week has seen Brumpic and its partners fire their opening salvo in our year-long campaign to gain Phyllis Nicklin the recognition that her work so rightly deserves.

"It would be wrong to suggest we have saved her from obscurity but her photography does seem to dip in and out of the public eye over time.

"The response to part one of #NicklinUnseen via our site and social media account has been overwhelming. The conversations that every single image seems to conjure up has amazed us.

"Twenty people look at each image and see 20 different memories and 20 different talking points. Be it the cars, a road sign, or just a distant recollection of a time they passed through the area that the image depicts."

Brumpic currently has a display table at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery which runs until April 18 and a major exhibition is planned for this autumn.

David said there were still hundreds of images from the collection that remained unseen from all areas of Birmingham and Brumpic planned to show them all over the next 12 months via every medium available.

The first images were published online last week via three galleries which can be seen at these links:

Nicklin Unseen - Gallery One

Nicklin Unseen - Gallery Two

Nicklin Unseen - Gallery Three

All images © The University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham owns over 450 photographs of Birmingham taken by Phyllis Nicklin between 1952 - 1969. These may be viewed online at epapers.bham.ac.uk.

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