A Closer Look 'Round #3
Workers of the Roundhouse

by Pickle Illustration & Rosa Kennedy

An animated look at the people that worked from the Roundhouse (then known as Corporation Wharf) who were responsible for keeping the ‘The City of 1000 Trades’ ticking over. 

These professions helped to form a bustling, industrial and progressive city, cleaning and lighting courtyards and streets, and paving roads in the late Victorian era.

For this animated installation within the Roundhouse’s feature windows, Pickle Illustration – a Birmingham-based illustration company formed of Olivia Collins and Lauren Jefferis – created characterful illustrations focusing on 4 professions (lamplighters, stone breakers, blacksmiths and night soil workers).

This animation is funded as part of the Roundhouse Birmingham project by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by the National Trust and Canal & River Trust.