Matthew Holmes, 23 years old and exploring Britain’s derelict and forgotten relics.

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Frozen in time in a time warp Matthew brings back to life these empty spaces exploring them and creating a portfolio to showcase to the rest of Britain.

Matthew has been into the Second World War Nazi Prisoner of War Camp located in Weston, England in which he wondered around the forgotten camp walking in the same footsteps as 100,000 Nazi prisoners of war between the years 1939 and 1945. During his explore he saw original showers, shower heads and toilet facilities along with a fantastic original drawing on one of the concrete walls inside a prisoners barracks (hut). The drawing is of a 1940’s looking women, possibly a prisoners wife or girlfriend or lover. The camp is frozen in time having been closed in 1945 shortly after the war and never touched since until Matthew entered.

Matthew has visited the length and depth of Britain, he has visited the phenomenal Ghost Station of Manchester, Mayfield Station. Located at the rear of Manchester Piccadilly Station frozen in 1960 the station has not seen a train pass through since the closure in August 1960. The original cast iron roof is present along with the four original platforms constructed in 1910. The station sits quietly with the railway arches linking to Manchester Piccadilly’s station approach.

Matthew has evaded security cameras and security guards to evade many of the buildings he has wondered into, risking life and death to enter these brilliant finds. Matthew has ventured into Hartford Mill a once busy industrialised Mill powering the Northern Powerhouse across Oldham. Matthew explore led him on a hot and sunny afternoon to the heart of Oldham, entering the once thriving industrial mill of Hartford Mill. Inside Matthew faced floor and floor of empty warehouse space filled with brick built walls and steel beams holding the heart of this building up. Venturing onto the roof Matthew snapped himself at the pinnacle of the explore with the blue skies behind him and the large 200 meter high chimney towering over Oldham’s city centre.

Matthew explores abandoned buildings so that he can experience life in the past and to bring these fabulous sleeping giants back to life in the only way he knows how to, by taking images.

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Second World War Nazi Prisoner of War Camp, England

Second World War Nazi Prisoner of War Camp, England. Inside prisoners hut

Second World War Nazi Prisoner of War Camp, England. Kitchen hut with chimney

Second World War Nazi Prisoner of War Camp, England. Stood in the prisoner of war camp

Second World War Nazi Prisoner of War Camp, England. Prisoners shower block, with shower head

Second World War Nazi Prisoner of War Camp, England. Image of Girl Drawn by Nazi Prisoner of war

Ghost Station of Manchester, Mayfield Station

Ghost Station of Manchester, Mayfield Station. The platform 1 roof

Ghost Station of Manchester, Mayfield Station. Stood next to the tracks on platform 1

Ghost Station of Manchester, Mayfield Station. Original train buffers

Ghost Station of Manchester, Mayfield Station. Royal Mail mail cart

Ghost Station of Manchester, Mayfield Station. Original entrance steps

Hartford Mill Oldham

Hartford Mill Oldham

Hartford Mill Oldham. Victorian steps

Hartford Mill Oldham. Factory floor

Hartford Mill Oldham

Hartford Mill Oldham. Roof access

St Josephs Orphanage

St Josephs Orphanage. Hospital curtain

St Josephs Orphanage

St Josephs Orphanage. Chapel

St Josephs Orphanage. Hospital theatre

St Josephs Orphanage. Chapel

St Josephs Orphanage. Childrens bath and toilet rooms

St Josephs Orphanage. Wheelchair