Lewes History Group Meeting – Monday 9 June 2014, 7:00 for 7:30pm

David Simkin: Victorian and Edwardian Photographers in Lewes and the Surrounding Villages

David Simkin is a photo-historian who runs the Sussex PhotoHistory website.

He will be talking about the photographers who were active in the town of Lewes and the surrounding villages of Cooksbridge, Halland, Newick and Ringmer between 1851 and 1910.

The talk will cover the history of professional photography in Lewes from June 1851, when daguerreotype portraits were taken on Brack Mount, up until 1910, when the firm of A. M. Bliss & Co. of Lansdowne Place, Lewes, was selling “real photograph” picture postcards of Lewes, Alfriston, Barcombe, Plumpton and Upper Dicker.

David will concentrate on the lives and careers of established professional photographers such as Daniel Blagrove and Edward Reeves, but he will also look at the work of amateur and part-time photographers such as Edward Bedford (1865-1953), Henry John Bartlett (1875-1965) and William Baker Funnell of Newick (1848-1938).

He will illustrate his talk with primary sources and examples taken from his large collection of photographs taken in Lewes and surrounding villages in East Sussex during the Victorian and Edwardian period.

Lewes High Street by Blagrove c1874

Lewes High Street by Blagrove c.1874. Courtesy of David Simkin

All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.

There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.

Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)

See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.




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