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A History of North Walsham in Photographs 2017

The North Walsham & District Community Archive group will, once again, be displaying a selection of old photographs from the history of our town at The Atrium over three days between August 17th and August 19th. The exhibition will be open between 10am and 4pm in The Atrium Gallery. The new exhibition will feature a host of recently discovered photographs collected as a result of the archive groups highly successful Facebook group which now boasts over 5,000 members. The success of the group has allowed us access to the extensive collections of local photographer Fred Mace, the archives of the North Walsham Historical Society, collections from renowned historians and members of the archive group Mike Ling, Brian Hedge and David Ling as well as many private collections shared by the generous and enthusiastic members of the public.

Central to this year's exhibition, by popular request, we aim to focus on Industries in North Walsham to include organisations most of us have either worked at or know people who have worked at such as The Steam Laundry, The Canning Factory, Crane Freuhauf, The Cottage Hospital, Public Houses and Shops. As always, we will have facilities on site for providing a 'while you wait' service of capturing any interesting additions to the archive that visitors may be able to bring along. In the past this has been a highly successful way of growing the North Walsham Archive and the group are grateful for any contributions, as are members of our Facebook community who cannot make it to our exhibition and can enjoy the photos online.

We are delighted that, once again, Barry Holden will be presenting his very popular collection of “Then and Now” photographs. Barry has taken images from our archive group and, using his lifetime of local knowledge, revisited the spots where the photos were taken to re-photograph them today and display them side-by-side to give those of us not lucky enough to see the original view, a clear understanding of past layouts of the town. Barry’s collection is growing all the time so even if you've seen it before there are guaranteed to be new and interesting photos added in the mean time. This has been a fascinating addition to our Facebook group now available to see all together in one place.

The archive group is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers with the aim of collecting the town’s history and making it available for everybody. We do this via our lively Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthWalshamArchive/ and via our dedicated website at: http://www.northwalshamarchive.co.uk/ and you can contact us via either websites. We are always interested in adding to the collection and do not keep originals, we just borrow them to scan so we can share them with the community and keep them safe for future generations. Please get in touch if you think you may have something of interest.

Entry has been free in the past with costs being covered by requesting voulntary donations by visiotrs but this year we have opted to request a £1.00 donation as entry fee rather than rattling the cans at visitors. As a group we felt this entry fee was small enough to be affordable by everybody and guarantee future exhibitions making our annual exhibition more sustainable. We appreciate the public's support on this.