‘Disintegrating Histories’ is essentially a photographic survey of the changing post-industrial landscape of NW Leicestershire. The subject of each photograph was once part of the areas coal mining industry until its demise in the 1980’s.

What makes NW Leicestershire unique is at this moment of huge social and geographic transition it found itself with an opportunity to start afresh - The National Forest. The first tiny whips were planted on December 5 1990, four days before Christopher Mear was born, and just a short walk from his childhood home.

Christopher’ photographs record the progress of a huge post-industrial regeneration which has coincidentally aligned with his own lifetime.

Disintegrating Histories was supported by the Transform arts project at Snibston Discovery Museum, Leicestershire County Council and Arts Council England.

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