Heads up for photography fans… There’s a brilliant *small* exhibition on at The Photographers Gallery (it’s always free), Covent Garden. The photos come from the archives of the London Fire Brigade and range from car wrecks to kitchen fires to big blazing mills.
They cover a period between 1930 and 1970.
What’s most amazing about them is how they intrude into people’s living spaces in a way only the emergency services can. You see how uncomplicated living was in the 50s, one plug socket per room, a radio and a lamp the only electrical devices. It’s a time before duvets, there’s little matching crockery, furniture is heavy and dark, bedsits are definitely bedsits, not compact North London studios.