New book launched with a talk “Victorian Newbury in 3D” at the historic Newbury Cloth Hall
I was delighted to give my inaugural “Victorian Newbury in 3D” talk on 19th October at the West Berkshire Museum. What made the event really special was being in the old Cloth Hall that features on the front cover of my new book “Newbury through the stereoscope”.
The talk and the book chart the development of stereophotography from its earliest days through to its adoption by keen amateur photographers at the turn of the 20th Century.
I am delighted to have been invited to give a talk for West Berkshire Heritage. The invitation was made in Feb 2022 following the successful publication of my research into the early colour photographer EA Bierman whose work is held at the West Berkshire Museum. The opportunity spurred me on to complete another project, which I had had in mind for some time.
For a number of years, I have collected when the opportunity has arisen the occasional stereo card of Newbury. I also knew that there were one or two cards held in the collection of the West Berks Museum. Together, I felt they would make good talk with strong local history interest. If I could write a book as well, something a bit like On a Hill Road but smaller. The project would come together nicely as a talk and book.
After a concerted effort this summer. I am delighted to have finished the book just in time for the talk and to keep the cost down. This book uses analytic anaglyph’s and includes 3D anaglyph glasses.
The book explores the photography of one of Newbury’s first photographers ET Brooks, the commercial photographers who followed him and the talented amateur, the Rev John Samuel Waltham, Stanwell.
The event at the West Berks Museum was well attended by an enthusiastic mixture of photographers, stereo card collectors and Newbury locals. At the end of the talk. There were lots of questions which I like to think is a good sign that the audience have found subject interesting.
Thank you to the West Berkshire Museum for their support and everybody who contributed to the project in any way. Including those who came to the talk! Thank you!