Waltham Abbey Archive
|Published: 12th November 2008 09:47|
Reflections of the Past
Ray Sears (local photographic historian whom I have often heard referred to as "Mr Waltham Abbey") and Jonathan Foster (photographer and teacher at King Harold School) are well known for their series of local history books, but they have now collaborated on a website to bring historical images of Waltham Abbey to the internet.
Jonathan Foster: "We are pleased that it will have a breadth to it and will become an extremely rich and deep archive - that has always been our primary aim - that photographs would be shared with people so it becomes a living history."
For anyone interested in the History of Waltham Abbey you must take a look at this newly launched website, which features many images from Ray Sears remarkable photographic collection and the photographic archive at King Harold School.
It is an on-going project and the number of images on the website will increase monthly. They are inviting residents of the Waltham Abbey past and present to help date some of the photos or identify the people in them or even add their own photos to the website to share with others.
Ray and Jonathan are currently working on a new Reflections of the Past publication to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of King Harold School which will be a photographic record of the changes and memories of the school and they will also be holding a major photographic exhibition in September 2009.
The Reflections of the Past book series including Past Pubs and Inns and other publications by Ray Sears and Jonathan Foster are available for purchase directly from the new website or locally from Waltham Abbey Tourist Information Centre, Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey Stationers and Royal Gunpowder Mills - a great present for anyone who lived or still lives in the Abbey.
Jonathan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling King Harold School on 01992 714800.
Did you or your children attend King Harold School - have you any photos that you would like to contribute? Do you feature in any of the photos they already have on the website? Can you date or do you have a story to tell about the photo? Jonathan would like to hear from you.