Illuminated World exhibition
Hall Place, Bexley is this autumn welcoming a unique photography exhibition; Illuminated World.
Opening October 6, it showcases local man, Arthur Boswell’s (1880-1966) rare collection of early Victorian photography that he took and compiled throughout his lifetime.
Visitors will be taken on a fascinating journey of people and places from African plains and Norwegian fjords to Italian cities, contrasted with Bexley and the local area — all as they were a century ago. Illuminated World will provide an encounter with life in Victorian times and an appreciation of the customs and cultures during an era when people were travelling more than ever before.
Visitors can also learn about photographic techniques of the time with original apparatus on display.
Unearthed from the town’s local archive, this is the first time the images created from original glass lantern slides have been on show to the public and the selection represents only a fraction of the total of some 14,000 images.
Piecing together this curious collection was Kirsty Macklen, Collections Manager, Hall Place: “Little is known of both Boswell and indeed of many of the subjects shown in the pictures which makes them both captivating and mysterious. By definition photography was so different then, which makes for an interesting counterpoint to the pervasiveness of digital photography today.”
Caroline Worthington, Chief Executive of Bexley Heritage Trust said, “Illuminated World is an exhibition we are delighted to unveil. We know it will appeal equally to photography and history lovers as much as it will to local residents. This continues a series of innovative and engaging exhibitions as we aim to cement Hall Place as a must-visit tourist destination and attract more visitors from the capital and around the UK.”
October 6 – March 17, 2013 (daily 10am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm)
Illuminated World, Hall Place, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ
Adults £7, concessions/under 16s £5, family £20
Admission is free with a National Art Pass. National Trust members discount applies
Gift Aid your ticket for unlimited entry for one year
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