Lewes history on show in lightbox exhibition


An exhibition showcasing historic photographs of Lewes in the locations they were taken during the last 150 years has returned by popular demand.

‘Stories Seen Through A Glass Plate’, showing photographs from the Edward Reeves Archive in Lewes, is back as part of the Artwave Festival and the Heritage Open Days.

With support from Lewes Town Council and Lewes District Council, 80 lightboxes, showing life on the High Street and Station Street, will be displayed in 56 shop windows.

Curator Brigitte Lardinois said: “We were asked to bring the exhibition back as so many people had enjoyed it but a lot had missed the display last year. It was wonderful to get such positive feedback from the shops that participated last time. Everyone was up for doing it again and it is a great pleasure to bring the boxes out of storage for another few weeks.”

Yaz Norris, assistant curator, added: “The fact the show is so accessible, that parents with buggies, older people on mobility scooters and people in wheelchairs are able to access this exhibition with such ease, has certainly added to its popularity. It was wonderful to see people looking at our boxes, talking to each other and sharing memories.”

Since the last showing of the boxes, a bid has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the archive, which is of international importance, to be shared with the many people who would like to access the collection.

The boxes will be on display until September 13 and trail maps are available in participating shops and from the tourist information centre.

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