This comes from a collection related to Hobrough & Son’s firm of river contractors and engineers, established by James Hobrough in 1854. The firm’s headquarters was an inn at Bishop’s Bridge for many years and later they also built a dockyard at Thorpe St Andrew. James Samuel Hobrough (born 1864) took up photography in 1893 and documented much of the firms work until the 1920s. This large collection of images forms part of the Bridewell Museum’s holdings and many can be viewed at http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk (search term: Hobrough)
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 Picture Norfolk (the online picture archive run by Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).
We’re cheating slightly with our image this time as it isn’t actually World War One related – however the photographer Olive Edis was the first female war photographer and in 1919 she did travel to France and Belgium to document the aftermath of the fighting.
There is just one more day to see the excellent Fishermen and Kings exhibition at the Norwich Castle Museum however from March 2017 you will be able to see a new Olive Edis exhibition at Cromer Museum.
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 all held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre and over the course of the next four years will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk (the online picture archive for Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service)
My hard drive is rapidly beginning to fill up with all the World War 1-related programmes, debates and documentaries that are filling our screens!
Did anyone see BBC4’s Hidden Histories last night about the photographs taken at the front (some secretly after a ban on cameras in 1916) by British and German soldiers? Not only officers, but also the ‘rank and file’ took ‘VPK’s’ – ‘Vest Pocket Kodak’s’ with them to the Front.
The programme showed photos taken by both sides, many never seen before in public. You could plainly see how the imagery changed as the reality and horrors of the conflict became more apparent. Two photographs particularly stood out in my mind. The first, a photograph taken by a British soldier of two shells put together to form a cross that marked the grave of the friend he had just buried – the last photograph he took during the war. The other was taken by a German soldier of a tree shattered by a shell. Both of these were incredibly poignant and symbolic.
You really got to see the war through a new perspective – through the eyes of those who fought rather than those commissioned to take ‘official’ photographs.