Family day in Lewes as part of exhibition

Pinhole cameras
Pinhole cameras

The Stories Seen through a Glass Plate exhibition is proving to be very popular and will be on in the Lewes High Street until November 2, organisers have said.

On Sunday (October 26) there will be a related family day in Lewes Castle Museum and the Reeves Studio.

Photographer Melanie King will lead a workshop using pinhole cameras made from coffee tins, with aluminum pinhole inserts made from drinks cans- and will show participants of all ages how to capture an image on the photosensitive paper inside.

Families will be encouraged to create ghostly pinhole portraits, using one minute long exposures. Workshops will last for 30 minutes, and participants will be able to take their images home after a further 30 minutes of processing.

Film maker Abigail Norris will lead a drop in works shop filming video portraits in the style of 19th century portraiture in the original Edward Reeves Studio at 159 High Street, capturing personal responses to the exhibition and recording memories of the Reeves Studio.

The studio will be open to visitors on Sunday from 11am until 4pm, showing the history of the shop and giving a glimpse of the archive.

Tom Reeves will be on hand to answer questions and show some of the equipment.

Lewes Castle Museum has extended its exhibition Capturing Light until the end of November- there you have a chance to see the way contemporary artists use old photographic techniques. For details of the workshops call 01273 486290 or email or visit the project website

The workshops are free but entrance to the Castle Museum is charged at normal rates.