Image from the archives

Wherry on the Bure, 1917

Wherry on the Bure, 1917

As winter continues we take a break from war images to remember that life at home did continue.

Walter Clutterbuck (1853-1937) came from a wealthy Surrey family but spent much of his life (when not travelling) in Norfolk, first at Northrepps Cottage then at Marsham Hall. His main passions seem to have been travel, fishing, horticulture and photography. An accomplished photographer, he often worked using a French stereoscopic camera of a kind that was meant he was able to take pictures of people without their knowledge. He favoured the gum bichromate process and these prints often have a soft, pastel-like appearance. The Norfolk Heritage Centre holds the main body of his photographic work: 35 albums and 48 exhibition prints. The albums are a record of home life and travels including visits to Norway, Brittany, Tenerife, St Tropez, Japan, Dalmatia, Belgium and India. This image is from album 11.

This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on (the online picture archive for Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).



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