A&H Members' Showcase

13 October 2018

10:00 - 17:00

Leatherhead Institute
67 High Street
United Kingdom
KT22 8AH

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The Event


This longstanding annual event will be held at its usual venue in Leatherhead. All those with an interest in the photography of archaeology and other aspects of heritage are cordially welcomed.


The event is held at the Institute in Leatherhead, which is convenient for access from the M25, and there is a frequent rail service from London to Leatherhead. It is a good opportunity to meet members of the Group, and to learn about their photography interests through discussion as well as the presentations themselves.



The Programme


The programme is given below. Members make their own arrangements for lunch, but many congregate in the ‘Edmund Tylney’ in Leatherhead High Street, just a couple of minutes’ walk away.


10.00 a.m.      Coffee, followed by Introduction to the Conference


10.30 a.m.      David Bryson
                       Where family heritage becomes heritage for everyone

‘We tend to take memories and materials from our family as personal to us, and take passing them on to our relatives for the future for granted as our family responsibility. However, isn’t our responsibility to pass on and share what we know as a family far wider?

Two examples from my family will be given: Dorrie Nossiter (1893-1977), an Arts & Crafts jewellery designer and Jeanne Bryson (1929-2018) who spent a year of her life in the Woodlands Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham in the early days of the NHS. From these examples I believe the whole area of heritage photography and the role of photographs in learning more about our heritage can be seen, and some things that appear to only have value to us personally can have a far wider appeal’


11.10 a.m.       Sara Rawlinson
                        Illuminating Cambridge Libraries

Sara’s regular use of libraries as a child, and the many librarians in her family, have given her a strong attachment to libraries, both for their purpose in disseminating knowledge and for their visual aestheticism. In adult life she has connected with the former through academic lecturing, and with the latter through a large photographic study of Cambridge College libraries. The architectural and structural details of the library, and its decorative features, are recorded as well as the books themselves, and views which encompass the spirit of the library. 

Images from the study were displayed at Sara’s solo exhibition in Cambridge last year.


11.45 a.m.       Gwil Owen ARPS 
                        Confusing Words – Art and Craft

Gwil is now the Group’s chairman, but has been a committee member for many years and a regular presenter at this event. This year, Gwil will be exploring the relationships between the photographer, the subject, the image and the viewer. He will also be comparing attitudes within the RPS 40 years ago and today.


12.20 p.m.       Roland Keates
                        If Walls could talk

Roland’s presentation documents the history and heritage of dry stone walling in Derbyshire. He is a former student of our opening speaker, and has in the six years since graduation worked on many long term projects, including heritage films on the forgotten history of Derbyshire. One of these was ‘If Walls could talk’.

The photographs for the presentation show dry stone walls in the landscape, from sculptures built from walls to field-retaining walls. No two were found to be the same; colours and building styles change throughout the landscape, and their age can be gauged from their appearance. Interesting items have been found in them, and each wall tells a story of its own.


12.55 p.m.       Break for Lunch


2.25 p.m.         Clive Tanner FRPS
                        Beyond Divine Light

Clive’s involvement with the group goes back to its earlier years, when he served as chairman for five years. Amongst Group members, he is best known for his images of churches and cathedrals.

His presentation of black and white prints relates to his exhibition ‘Beyond Divine Light’ shown in the crypt of Rochester Cathedral. This is a journey around England visiting some of the great cathedrals, showing architectural and memorial details in stone, wood, textile and glass. The pictures show some of the details that might be missed at first viewing.


3.10 p.m.         Keith Evans FRPS
                        Home need not be a Castle

A recent past Chairman of the Group, Keith has presented at this event on a number of occasions. This year, he is showing us a range of different places that people call home, not all of them grand dwellings. He will be looking at Harewood House (Yorkshire), Seaton Delavel Hall (Northumberland) and cliff dwellings in France.   


3.45 p.m.         Eric Houlder LRPS

                        Memories are made of this

Regulars will know Eric as an archaeological photographer, who has given us many perspectives on his lifelong involvement in recording archaeological sites and local history over the years. Today’s offering consists of reminiscences of an archaeological photographer, including the adventures of a cable release.


4.30 p.m.          Close of Conference


Booking and Paying for the Event

The cost is £15.00 (£10.00 for group members, free to presenters). Please pay on the day.

Participants are asked to book for the event by contacting the organiser (see below), which helps us to plan the event and avoids disappointment in the case of oversubscription. 


Mike Sasse
Email the event organiser
01892 531179

Region: South EastGroup(s): Archaeology and Heritage