Stories about social mobility , and ideas about how to get it, so often follow a trajectory which, knowingly or otherwise, moves someone out of their community in order to better enable the lauded tenets of mobility: higher education, metropolitan liberalism, a high paid salary in a tertiary sector job.

What about the lives and people this trajectory displaces?

What about someone who wants to live on the same street as their gran?

What does aspiration mean for the people the policies are made for?

Postcards from Smallshaw takes a road in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester and tells the imagined stories of the residents’ trips to the British seaside. These postcards do not give clear answers about the issues presented by the challenges of social mobility in rural Britain. They just give stories.