Jane Brettle

Lockerbie Air Disaster Investigation Officers, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary

About this artwork

On 21 December 1988 Libyan terrorists blew up Pan Am Flight 103 causing the death of 270 people. Major parts of the debris landed in Lockerbie. This photograph was commissioned as part of a series titled ‘Force’, which reflects the breadth of activities that the Police service is involved with in Scotland. It shows Detective Chief Inspector Michael Dalgleish, Detective Constable Karen Rice, PC Rolf Buwert and Tom Gordon, all of whom were involved in the aftermath and investigation into the disaster. Poignantly, this image was taken in The Chapel of Remembrance, where the book of remembrance for the victims sits. The four police officers look uncomfortable and there is a sense of sorrow in their eyes - the horror of the events they were witness to over the last eighteen years is tangible.

  • title: Lockerbie Air Disaster Investigation Officers, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary
  • accession number: PGP 278.17
  • artist: Jane BrettleBritish
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • subject: The law
  • date created: Unknown
  • measurements: 100.00 x 100.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 2007
  • copyright: © JANE BRETTLE

Jane Brettle

Jane Brettle

Jane Brettle is an artist and associate senior lecturer in Contemporary Photographic Practice at Northumbria University in Newcastle. She studied fine art and photography in Bristol, Sunderland and Derby. In 1988 she co-established Photography Workshop and Portfolio Gallery in Edinburgh. A founding director of Fotofeis (the Scottish International Festival of Photography), she has established photography projects and artist's initiatives in various parts of Scotland. Her current work involves gallery and site-specific installations in which she contrasts the ideals of the past with the realities of the present.