2016 Stories Seen Through A Glass Plate: 1916, Lewes Remembers
STORIES SEEN THROUGH
A GLASS PLATE,
1916: LEWES REMEMBERS
29 OCTOBER – 20 NOVEMBER
1916: LEWES REMEMBERS REEVESARCHIVE.CO.UK
An exhibition of 80 light boxes in 65 windows throughout Lewes. Edward Reeves studio is believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world. Today it houses an archive of over 100,000 glass plates taken by the first three owners as well as approximately 150,000 images taken by Tom Reeves, the current owner, on film and as digital files. This archive is both a unique record of the daily life of Lewes and the history of commercial photographic practice. Stories Seen Thorough A Glass Plate was first exhibited during the Brighton Biennial in October 2014. This year’s light box exhibition, 1916: Lewes Remembers, shows work by Benjamin Reeves, the present owners’ grandfather.
Special thanks goes to all the shopkeepers and private individuals who kindly agreed to host the light boxes. This project would not have been possible without the support of Lewes Town Council, Lewes District Council and our sponsors.
The project draws on images in the Edward Reeves Archive that cover the WW1 period. These will include individual and group portraits of soldiers and their families, as well as civilian life during the war and photographs of the thousands of men billeted in the town.
In addition to the light box exhibition there will be:
An exhibition in Lewes Town Hall showing sets of historic and contemporary portraits from Stories Behind the Poppy, the images of the 2015 national campaign of the Royal British Legion.The exhibited portraits were taken by Tom Reeves and by his grandfather Benjamin. Tom Reeves has photographed contemporary veterans, in the same studio, in the same pose, with the same camera his grandfather used in WW1. These recent portraits are shown alongside his grandfather’s. Open: Monday – Thursday 9am–5pm, Friday 9am–4pm, Saturday 1pm–4pm (closed Sat 5 Nov), Closed Sundays but open on Activity Day, 30 October from 1pm–4pm.
A window display in the Tourist Information Centre where a map of the trail is available free of charge. For bookings and information: 01273-483448
An exhibition in the Edward Reeves Studio Gallery of studio portraits and town views taken by Benjamin Reeves during WW1. 159 High Street Lewes BN7 1XU Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 29 October – 18 November 11am–4pm (except 5 November till 3pm).
Public Activity Day on 30 October 2016:
Study Day in All Saints Centre – free of charge, bookable through the Lewes Tourist Information Office. The programme will include, by courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, two screenings of The Battle of the Somme, a film made by the War Office in 1916, the first full length documentary film ever made and which will be introduced by Hilary Roberts, Curator of Photographs at the Imperial War Museum. Part One – 2pm: first screening, with commentary, followed by three twenty minute talks on photography and life in Lewes during WW1. Part Two – 5pm: second screening of Battle of the Somme, without commentary, but with a specially commissioned orchestral score.
Walk and Talk tours of the light box display, details at Lewes Tourist Information Office.
Open Day at the Edward Reeves Studio 159 High Street Lewes BN7 1XU. The Studio will display original WW1 equipment and props. There will be live music and readings of the era from 2pm-4pm. Town Hall exhibition open from 1pm-4pm
Remembrance Sunday 13 November
Concert: Esterhazy Choir St Michaels Church, 158 High Street Lewes Saturday 19 November, 7.30pm In partnership with Stories Seen through a Glass Plate, the Esterházy Chamber Choir will mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Tickets £10 in advance from Lewes Tourist Information Centre or £12 on the door (under 16s free) www.esterhazychoir.org