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Liverpool 1980s

Today we will visiting in the 1980s’ Liverpool and its region. Watch out, 52 kicking photos coming!

Liverpool fell to the depths never before seen in the early eighties. The economic recession, which is heavily affected by the city (and the country), mainly due to the shrinking industrial production and the endless factory closures have sparked stunning unemployment. Overall strikes, the level of public utility services also declined sharply, the rate of crime increased and 1.200-1.500 people migrated from the city during this period. In 1931, the population of 860,000 settlements fell below 500,000 in 1991, and in 2001 reached a low of 445,000. A third of the flats were for sale, rent or completely abandoned. Martin Parr’s pictures summon us this desperate period today.

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Martin Parr, magnumphotos.com

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  1. Interesting photos,Although quite a lot of the photos are not in Liverpool,there are photos of New Brighton,Kirkby,Bootle and Netherley it the article should be renamed as the Liverpool region in the 1980’s

  2. Excellent pictures catching time. I lived in Litherland Rd Bootle down by the steps and ramp and went to St Elizabeth’s school and church and had a very happy childhood playing in the street and spoilt with love. Very happy memories of life and Bootle, as was.

  3. These are excellent and very thought provoking. Who owns the rights to them? I’d be really interested in how to license one or two of them.

  4. Great great great!……i was there, Liscard WTF?….my friends in Brokenhead tell me this continues…..

    Have lived i Norway for 12 years…….what a suprise

    Thanks for you beautiful work, best, Pete X

  5. I can’t remember the litter being so bad! The 80s were not the best. Drugs started to take hold and the area was neglected. Moved to North Wales 1985. It’s nice to see that things have greatly improved in Liverpool, apart from the never ending drug problems!! Unfortunately nationwide ??

  6. The quality of these images are quite exceptional for the time ! what camera and film did you use ? am i right in presuming that the first image of the family walking past the job centre , is the one near birkenhead market ? when i saw it …i remember the dread of having to attend that place ! …i was one of those that left the wirral in the 1980s for fields anew…..i only returned to the wirral in 2009 to recuperate from a motorcycle accident , i was amazed by the transition of liverpool and birkenhead !

  7. It’s possible to take photos of poverty and dereliction in almost any area. I think this set are a snap shot of a time, but not all encompassing by any means. The terraced Street picture shows the area as spotless. I feel some of the shopping precinct ones could be staged, and the one of the children bathing with the rubbish round their feet!

    • I grew up in Liverpool during that time and I can confirm the litter was that bad, especially around town and shopping areas. This dereliction is what I remember. We had nothing then.

  8. The litter was that bad even into the nineties. The beach was that horrendous even when I was a kid. I think back now and can’t believe we were allowed to swim in the sea. Full of washed up rubbish and the odd poo floating past ?

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