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A three-year media and oral history project about the social history of Herefordshire, inspired by the extensive and newly accessible photographic archive from the Derek Evans Studio.

“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” Independent report on Derek Evans’ archive by Russell Roberts 2009

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will bring the work of local photographer Derek Evans out of the archives and straight into the community.

This project, from the local film-makers of ‘Chewing The Cud: Memories from Hereford’s old livestock market’, will bring an exciting mix of heritage, media, training and employment opportunities to the county.

About the archive: The extensive Derek Evans archive contains some 200,000 negatives, 729 exhibition prints and 10 daily log books. A 2009 independent report stated it had: ‘valuable historical, social and cultural significance’. Derek’s work was highly respected and wide ranging. He was a popular and well-known character, involved in local politics with a great love of sport and jazz, as well as being a jobbing photo-journalist for national and regional newspapers and TV companies. He even produced award-winning entries to magazines and international exhibitions.

Focusing on the 1950s-1980s, the project will uncover photographs (some never-before-exhibited, and many others unseen for over fifty years) and record oral histories which recount nostalgic tales of Hop-picking; revel in Hereford Football Club’s moments of glory; take a spin around the Mayfair’s risqué past; stroll down memory lane with Fownhope’s Heart of Oak annual walk and explore the Derek Evans Studio itself, which nurtured many talents and which, by covering fascinating local stories, became a treasure trove of the county’s social history.

Get a taste of some of these beautiful images for yourself. Find more local archive material on the Herefordshire History website, where the Derek Evans images will be made available as part of this project.

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‘Herefordshire Life Through A Lens’ is a Catcher Media project in partnership with Herefordshire Council’s Libraries, Archive and Learning and Achievement Services. Funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and by The Elmley Foundation, The Beaumont Trust, Wye Valley Brewery, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye Town Councils and our crowd-fund supporters.

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