This series contains bundles of negatives and contact sheets taken in the course of Dorothy Myers' work in the town planning department of Nairobi City Council, during the 1960s.
The images depict vivid scenes of daily life in post-colonial Nairobi. They include industrial work in mills and factories, the building of social housing estates and infrastructure such as waterworks. There are also aerial shots of architecture in the city and squatter settlements around the fringes in areas like Mathare. In particular, the images reveal the sites of the human interactions which are so crucial to building communities: nursery and school lessons, markets, football pitches - and especially community centre activities, including cookery and sewing sessions, board games and boxing classes.
The images shown in the negatives and contact sheets mostly correspond to each other, but there are a small number of discrepancies where a negative has been lost or part of the contact sheet has been removed. The final three contact sheets are not accompanied by negatives, but the individual images have been scanned from the contact sheets in order to facilitate access.