The Peeps

Ancoats: the presence of absence

By Dan Dubowitz

The Peeps
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  • ISBN: 9780719085529
  • Publish Date: Jun 2011
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8552-9
    • Pages: 144
    • Price: £30.00
    • Published Date: June 2011


    Ancoats, in Manchester, was once unimaginably different. One of the world's earliest industrial suburbs, it was dark and dense, noisy, frenetic, violent and unhealthy. It was also vibrant and creative. It had a striking vapour, sound and feel.

    The area today has undergone a striking regeneration. New streets, pavements and civic spaces have been laid down. A series of installations, known as The Peeps, have been created for the area. Built into the fabric of the buildings, the brass peep holes offer a fleeting glimpse of a walled-in space, a tunnel, a disused toilet, a bell tower, a gauge.

    Dan Dubowitz, given the title of 'cultural masterplanner', records through photographs, interviews, commentary and contemporaneous texts, the recent past and the current regeneration of the suburb. It is a fascinating, beautifully illustrated and designed volume that eloquently depicts the common narrative of industrialisation, slow decay and rebirth.


    Preliminary notes: Dan Dubowitz
    Foreword: Sir Richard Leese
    Introduction: Lyn Fenton
    1. Royal Passage
    2. Canal Privy
    3. Mary's Room
    4. Pickleometer
    5. Dixon's Resonator
    6. Plasmometer
    7. Jactin Floats
    8. Drive
    9. Clocking Off
    10. Murray's Klaxon
    11. Timepiece
    12. Machine Room


    Dan Dubowitz is a multi-disciplinary artist and photographer. Since 2003 he has developed cultural masterplans for the cities of Glasgow, Sunderland, Newcastle, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.

    The Peeps

    By Dan Dubowitz

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