The first room contains the earliest images which were taken by Benjamin Stone, who established the National Photographic Record Association in 1897. As well as physical photographs behind glass, there is also a screen showing selected images on a loop. Two images of the Corby Pole Fair are from 1902 and there is also one of Swan Upping on the Thames from 1900.
|Photo by Sara Hannant|
The final small area has a series of short films on a loop. Taken by Matthew Cowan and Tom Chick, they include footage of a sword dance in an impossibly small bar and also from the Hasting Jack In The Green festival. The room is curtained off, but the slightly claustrophobic (like me) will be pleased to know that it isn't too dark. The folk music from these films can be heard throughout the rest of the exhibition which I thought was a nice touch.
Towner Gallery, Sat 13th Oct to 13th Jan.
Tue - Sun, 10:00 - 18:00.