Ambitious community project to record and celebrate the social history of Herefordshire.
Herefordshire Life Through a Lens
Help an ambitious 4-year community heritage and media project, inspired by the photographic archive of the Derek Evans Studio (1950-1980s).
Derek Evans worked for national press and TV in the heyday of photography, but he also took fantastic photographs celebrating all aspects of Herefordshire life: Hop-picking, Hereford United, the Mayfair, Fownhope Heart of Oak, the arts, the military and rural life, to name but a few.
He nurtured talent and we feel it’s important to do the same. Working with diverse community groups across the county, through this project his photographs will inspire people to tell their own stories about Herefordshire’s past and bring their own heritage alive in events, films and exhibitions.
Your support will enable you and the people of Herefordshire to enjoy:
• 100+ filmed first-hand accounts of Herefordshire’s past
• 5 oral history films
• Community screenings and Q&As across the county
• Access to some 5,000 newly digitised images of Herefordshire life atwww.herefordshirehistory.org.uk
• Photographic exhibitions of archive images
• School-children’s films
And much, much more.
Your support on this project will provide vital match-funding to help us secure Heritage Lottery funding. Development funding of £28,200 has been awarded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund to help Catcher Media progress their plans to apply for a full grant later this year.
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“Derek Evans was clearly passionate about Hereford and the region. His image repertoire was affectionate, humanist, liberal and well-crafted. The archive could become a fantastic resource for a wide range of interests in social history, politics, culture, farming and rural life.” Independent report on Derek Evans’ Studio archive by Russell Roberts
“If you wait too long it’ll be too late. There’s a lot that will be lost for future generations.” Derek Foxton, archivist and photographer.
Catcher Media are an award-winning media company whose values are rooted in community, participation and creativity. Based in Herefordshire, we have worked for 20 years enabling children and adults to participate in exciting, hands-on media projects with a strong social ethos.