During my time as photographer-in-residence to the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire, 1975-77, I got to know and, in due course become friends with, Stanley Graham, the steam engineer ('tenter') at the area's last remaining steam-driven cotton mill: James Nutter & Sons, Bancroft Shed, Barnoldswick. Stanley was a key contact, introducing me to his fellow employees in the mill, to the Weldone gang of boiler fluers from Brierfield and to Rochdale steeplejack Peter Tatham. In return, I helped him with his photography and audio recording.
In due course the mill closed and, in 1982, it was demolished. Stanley, who had a passion for history, attended evening classes at Nelson & Colne College and later went on to complete a degree at Lancaster University. During this time he also produced an extraordinary and unrivalled study of workers in the cotton trade, the Lancashire Textile Project (LTP), now housed in the special collections archive of Lancaster University.
In 2004 Stanley was awarded a fieldwork and recording lifetime achievement award by the Association for Industrial Archaeology.