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News: 11 December 2017


Images of England Exhibition at Erewash Museum
A new exhibition at the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston, Derbyshire is featuring the Images of England project and is focussing on the work of local photographer, Peter F. Holt. Organised by Peter, the exhibition opens on February 1st.
Peter F. Holt FRPS BPE2* has lived for most of his life in the Erewash area and is enjoying the challenge of recording local heritage for posterity: "I am proud to be involved in the Images of England project especially being able to photograph some of the buildings that have been a part of my life," says Peter, "This is your heritage and mine. The photographs I have taken for the project reflect the diversity of the Erewash area."

Peter grew up in a cottage that was tied to his father's job as a maintenance bricklayer for the Grand Union Canal. In 1999, as part of the Images of England project, Peter was allocated this now Grade II listed Lockkeepers Cottage in Sandiacre to photograph. "This was the highlight of the project for me as it was my family home between 1935 - 46 and I still have fond memories of it."
Lock keepers Cottage, Sandiacre, Derbyshire - IoE number: 082216 © Mr Peter F Holt FRPS BPE2*
Bennerley Viaduct, Ilkeston, Derbyshire - IoE number: 352233 © Mr Peter F Holt FRPS BPE2* Peter's interest in photography started at an early age during the 1950s. "Every time I went out on a cycling tour my father asked me to bring back a postcard of where I had been. I was collecting a lot of postcards and this spurred me on to take up photography." Peter taught himself the basic skills by reading a large number of books and magazines.

In 1971 he joined a local photographic club and began to learn some of the more in-depth photographic skills. By 1990 Peter had joined the Royal Photographic Society and gained his Fellowship in 1996. It was his membership of the East Midlands branch of the Royal Photographic Society that led him to get involved with the Images of England project.
"In 1996 I received a phone call from the regional organiser about a pilot project taking pictures of listed buildings in Derby. I took part in the trials and helped lay the groundwork for what was to become the English Heritage and Heritage Lottery-funded Images of England project." Since the early days of the project Peter has taken over 400 photographs of Erewash, Amber Valley, Broxtowe and the Derbyshire Dales.

The exhibition offers an introduction to the huge variety of listed buildings across England, which include not only palaces and country houses but also lesser-known structures such as milestones, telephone boxes and lamp posts. The first 54,000 images taken for the project, including some from the Erewash area can be viewed directly on the Images of England prototype website. Derbyshire has over 6,000 listed buildings, including the Grade II listed townhouse that contains the Erewash Museum.
Erewash Museum, Ilkeston, Derbyshire - IoE number: 352244 © Mr Peter F Holt FRPS BPE2*
The exhibition runs from 1st February to 15th March and is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 4pm each week. For further information please contact Alexandra Saxon by e-mail: alexandra.saxon@english-heritage.org.uk or by telephone: 01793 414779


To view more of Peter's photographs click here.
 
 
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