Archaeology & Heritage Group Members' Showcase

12 October 2019

10:00 - 17:00

Leatherhead Institute, Room G6
67 High Street
United Kingdom
KT22 8AH

The Event


This annual event will be held in Room G6 at its usual venue in Leatherhead . All those with an interest in the photography of various aspects of heritage, including archaeology, are cordially welcomed. 


The event is held at the Institute in Leatherhead, which is convenient for access from the M25, and there is a frequent rail service from London to Leatherhead. It is a good opportunity to meet members of the Group, and to learn about their photography interests through discussion as well as the presentations themselves. 


Following a gradual rise in attendance, we have this year moved to a larger room on the ground floor. We have also inserted a break for refreshments during the morning programme, which will give more time for discussion and social interaction between attendees.



The Programme


The programme is given below. Members make their own arrangements for lunch, but many congregate in the ‘Edmund Tylney’ in Leatherhead High Street, just a couple of minutes’ walk away.


10.00 a.m.      Coffee, followed by introduction to the event



10.30 a.m.      Mike Sasse

                       Reminders of the Coal Industry in England


Collieries were still a common sight in many parts of England 30 years ago, but the rapid final decline of the industry has left few reminders of its presence save for memorials. This presentation will feature images taken round the country, some while the mines were operating, but most after closure, and depict some of what now remains. Subject matter ranges from decayed sites to buildings and equipment preserved for the future, and other facets of the industry.


Mike Sasse has been a regular presenter at these events over the years, with subjects ranging from industrial topics to vernacular building styles, churches and stately homes.



11.15 a.m.      Rodney Thring LRPS

                       My Heritage Photography


Rodney works primarily in traditional black & white photography - his subjects are often churches and cathedrals, but also include castles, other buildings and ancient monuments. He will show us and discuss a selection of his work, which includes pin hole prints and colour prints.



11.50 a.m.      Refreshment Break        



12.15 p.m.      Brian Iddon LRPS

                       The work of Sam Weller FRPS


Brian showed us a collection of his own prints at this year’s Group AGM. Here he will introduce us to the work of Sam Weller FRPS, who formed the Bromoil Circle of Great Britain. The bromoil process is one whereby an ink-based image is derived from a silver bromide print, and Brian will show us Sam’s bromoils from the Circle’s archive collection. These depict many iconic views from around the U.K. in the 1940s and 1950s



1.00 p.m.       Break for Lunch



2.30 p.m.       Eric Houlder LRPS

                      Lost Albums; Destroyed Negatives; Dark Places


‘The rediscovery of a handful of enprints prompts a journey back to 1958 and a half-forgotten investigation, whilst a borrowed endoscope suggests secret tunnels. Meanwhile, anniversaries spawn a spate of retrospection.’


Eric is well known to regulars of this event as an archaeological photographer who has always been keen to document wider aspects of heritage, particularly matters of local history.



3.15 p.m.       David Bryson

                      The story behind photographs, and photographs as stories


‘The aim of this talk is to look at how we can use photographs and research to tell the stories behind the events and to examine how photographs can be complete stories in themselves. The value of heritage photography comes not just from the photographs and accompanying records but from what they can tell us about the times, events, buildings, places and people captured and frozen in time. There will be a range of themes depending on the stories and photographs, - from how I developed the ‘Larchwold’ (see cover of May 2019 edition of ‘Heritage Photography’) into a short story, to canal barges and the Festival of Britain, to postcards of skeletons.’



3.50 p.m.       George Backshall LRPS

.                     Some Heritage Highlights on a recent trip to Norfolk


A more recent member of the Group’s committee George has been involved with the RPS for many years. His most recent trip took him to Norfolk, and he will be showing a selection of digital images taken during that visit, to illustrate various aspects of the heritage of the county.



                      Closing remarks and discussion



4.30 p.m.        Close of Event 




Booking and Paying for the Event


The cost is £15.00 (£10.00 for group members, free to presenters). Please pay on the day.


Participants are asked to book for the event by contacting the organiser (see below), which helps us to plan the event and avoids disappointment in the case of oversubscription. 

Mike Sasse
Email the event organiser
01892 531179

Group(s): Archaeology and Heritage