Bury Knowle in Colour: 1908 + 2019

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Bury Knowle in Colour: 1908 + 2019

Who this event is for

  • Everyone

Location

Entrance Foyer, Bury Knowle House, North Place, Headington, OX3 9HY

Details

An Exhibition of Work by Etheldreda Laing and Students of the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture.

Etheldreda Janet Laing (1872-1960) was a pioneer of colour photography who lived and worked at Bury Knowle House from 1899 to 1923.

From 1908, Laing photographed her daughters, Janet and Iris, in Bury Knowle’s garden and house using the newly-invented Autochrome colour process. Her original photographic plates form part of the Science Museum’s collection.

This exhibition brings together some of Laing’s photographs of Bury Knowle that were taken around 1908 with contemporary images of the park and house. This project was carried out by students at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture. Local people who use the park and library were shown the Etheldreda Laing images and their photographs were taken in similar locations as the originals. Their views on why they use the park and library were also gathered. The project aims to share knowledge about Etheldreda Laing’s pioneering work at Bury Knowle and to communicate the value of the Park and Library to local people today.