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Herefordshire Life Through A Lens

This four-year media and oral history heritage project (currently in the development phase) about the social history of Herefordshire is inspired by the extensive archive of local photographer Derek Evans and his studio.

The project will result in a number of touring films, exhibitions, education packs, media-rich website, films made by school-children, digitisation of photographic archives and a mobile app. Working with Herefordshire Libraries images will be scanned and made accessible via the Herefordshire History website.


Topics will include: Hop-picking, Hereford Football Club, Mayfair, Fownhope Heart of Oak celebrations and Derek Evans Photographic Studio 1950-80s.


It will involve volunteers, trainees and internships to offer clear career pathway opportunities recruited from across the county. The wider Herefordshire community will be involved in the project but specific targeted groups include disadvantaged young people, migrant workers, showmen, romany travellers, students and older people.


“Without question, Derek Evans was a fine and accomplished photographer. He 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 amongst others.” Independent report on Derek Evans’ archive by Russell Roberts 2009





This development stage, funded by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Hereford City Council will run until June 2016. The main project delivery will begin in 2017.

The project is led by Catcher Media in partnership with Herefordshire Council's Library Service, Collections and Archives Service and Learning and Achievement Service. We thank The Beaumont Trust , Ross, Ledbury and Leominster Town Councils, The Elmley Foundation and Wye Valley Brewery for their support for our second stage application.





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