With only a few days to go, it is all go with the final preparations and tweaks. A few small changes I have made include reducing the scope of the project to include just the University and the city of Lancaster. I felt that this would more aptly fit within the focus of ‘Dear Lancaster’. The ‘Dear Lancaster’ photo book has also arrived! This will be exhibited within the exhibition from Wednesday 24th April.
Therefore, this exhibition and history (HIST 351) project will include at its conclusion, a 2 month photography exhibitio with unique, archived and produced photographs, a photography book, and a 7,000 word essay/review of the exhibition.
St George’s Quay was built in 1750 during Lancaster’s Golden Age. TOday it has undergone numerous renovations to provide relief from flooding for the low lying aspects of Lancaster.
The original photograph is from 1895 and is a monochrome taken by Mr F Burns Bell. This is a picture of the Railway Bridge over the river Lune.
Taken in c. 1900 this photograph depicts a number of individuals resting along the railings of the Quayside. This quayside was once the workplace for many of Lancaster’s inhabitants, with ships arriving from the America’s laden with sugar, slaves and other valuable items.
This is a picture of the old custom house (now the Maritime Museum) from 1972 by David Smith. The custom house is where captains and traders would pay the various dues that they owed, as well as recording their arrivals and departures. Many slaves would have passed through their doors.
Lancaster Town Hall in the 1940s, with an unknown author.
The town hall was opened on 27th December 1909 by Lord Ashton as a result of local and civic growth.
“Originally, the New Town Hall incorporated all the Council’s services and departments. In addition Lancaster Police Station, including cells, was in the basement, the Magistrates Court was based on the ground floor, with a separate connecting staircase to the police cells. Located on the first floor were the Mayor’s Parlour, Reception Rooms, Committee Rooms and Council Chamber. To the rear of the building was the public hall, known as The Ashton Hall and adjacent to the Town Hall was the new Fire Station.
The final cost of the complete works, which also included a redevelopment of Dalton Square and the erection of a statue of Queen Victoria, was £155,000.”
See http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/civic-ceremonial/lancaster-town-hall/ for more information.
Unknown date and author.
Unknown author c. 2006, full colour print.
These two photographs are of 2 Dalton Square the home of Buck Ruxton, a murderer who committed his crimes here in Lancaster in the early 20th century.
See this post for more information regarding the Serial Killer of Lancaster.