Lincolnshire’s hidden and curious heritage

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RESIDENTS of Long Sutton will be able to chart the changes that have taken place in the town over the past 100 years at a photographic exhibiting at the Market House on September 10 and 11 (10am- 4pm).

The exhibition is part of a nationwide project called Heritage Open Days, celebrating the country’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that would not normally be open or would charge an entrance fee.

The photographic exhibition is one of several events happening in south Lincolnshire during Heritage Open Days from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11 – see the panel below.

The Market House Photography Group, which is mounting the display, was formed in January 2009 in response to local demand and has grown to around 20 people. These range from novices to semi-professionals, but they all share their knowledge and abilities at meetings at the Market House on the second Monday of each month. Grants have enabled them to buy laptops, portrait studio equipment, a projector screen and various other small items.

The group’s annual exhibition is entitled Long Sutton Past & Present and includes copies of pictures of old Long Sutton loaned by Roy Ashton, who is also a member of Long Sutton Civic Society.

Market House Photography group chairman Angela Reeve explained: “The members chose a picture from the early 1900s and then photographed from nearly if not the exact location in 2011. These pictures will be paired for the exhibition and will make interesting viewing.”

Roy’s collection of classic cameras will be on display at the exhibition and the group’s own portrait studio will be available. This means visitors can have their portraits taken for a small fee, and order additional copies if they would like to, something that has been arranged by group member Gary Edwards.

The group has its own in-house photo competition each month and seven of the winning shots from 2011 will be on display so visitors can vote for their favourite in a Champion of Champions competition. The winning photographs from the Wash Estuary Strategy Group 2012 calendar photo competition will also be on display and it is hoped the calendars will be on sale over the weekend.

Dr Matthew Godfrey, Heritage at Risk Senior Project Officer for the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire – which has co-ordinated events in the district – said this year’s theme is Victorian Lincolnshire.

He said: “Events include visits to churches built and restored by the Victorians, guided walks, living history events depicting life in Victorian times and also a number of talks on Victorian themes such as industry, technology and exploration.

“This is a great opportunity to explore Lincolnshire and visit places that are usually not open to the public.”

Dr Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, added: “Heritage Open Days is about people and places; it celebrates community and reflects the importance of the built environment in our lives and to our quality of life. It is organised by people who dedicate their spare time to opening properties and staging activities, and it is their knowledge and enthusiasm that makes Heritage Open Days happen.”

Although not part of Heritage Open Days, the Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire is holding a free taster course, available to anyone aged 19 years and above, entitled An Introduction to Lincolnshire’s Heritage. It will be on Sunday, September 11 at Holbeach Community Centre (1-5pm) and again at South Holland Centre in Spalding on Wednesday, September 28 (1-5pm).

The course is being provided as part of the short, informal adult learning courses managed by Lincolnshire County Council’s Lifelong Learning Service. Booking is essential – contact Heritage Lincolnshire on 01529 461499 or email info@lincsheritage.org for an enrolment form.