We have represented the work of pioneering street photographer Roger Mayne for almost three decades, and while his most famous photographs documenting the communities around Southam Street in North Kensington continue to be the gold standard of this genre, this week we shine a light on a different body of work by him.
Mayne's pioneering installation The British at Leisure was commissioned by architect Theo Crosby for the Milan Triennale in 1964. Featuring 310 colour images, they were projected on five screens to a commissioned jazz score by Johnny Scott.
We have recently digitised and added all available images from The British at Leisure series to our website, offering a compelling view across the spectrum of mid-century society from house parties to school playgrounds; fairgrounds and festivals; rowdy football supporters to genteel bowling clubs.
Click here to view almost 300 images and if you have any requests or research queries, please get in touch by phone on 020 8318 0034 or by email sent to