Summer in The Seventies

Henry Moore's Reclining Figure, Lister Park

Anyone growing up in the 1970s will recall the long hot summer of 1976. For a few weeks in July and August the temperatures were high, the sky clear of clouds and the sun shone constantly. Over the years this time seems to have become magnified in people’s memories to include the whole decade so the 1970s are now recalled as a happier time, despite political, social and economic upheaval.

Bradford photographer Ian Beesley has been looking through his vast archive and, along with his industrial shots shown in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, he came across these photographs of people at play during those long hot summer days. There’s certainly happiness here, along with humour, a touch of mischief and perhaps some weird fashion choices.

A friend and supporter of Bradford Museums Photo Archive, Ian Beesley is Artist in Residence for the Bradford Institute of Health Research and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.