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

First full-length film of the project “Stories From The Hop Yards” premieres in Hereford, Ludlow and Malvern as part of the Borderlines film festival before beginning it’s tour around the county and beyond. See full list of dates here. We have had many requests for DVDs but these are not available yet. However you can pre-order a DVD by emailing your details to julia@catchermedia.co.uk


The 60+ interviews from the project will all be available on our Vimeo Channel. It will take while for all of them to appear but we are adding them periodically so check back at regular intervals.

“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.

“Catcher’s approach to heritage is outstanding; the quality, accessibility and beauty of their work means that the community are drawn to their projects and the benefits of their projects go well beyond the stories they seek to tell.” Hannah McSherry, Project Development Officer, Herefordshire Council.

Find out more about Catcher Media and the archive

All photographs on this site © Derek Evans Studio and must not be copied or reproduced.


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 Councils 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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