*UPDATE* We had planned to launch a new book “Lost Images of Wisbech” in January with copies initially available to purchase from the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.
Unfortunately, since entering into a new tier of restrictions and then another phase of lockdown, we are unable to offer the book at present.
We are currently looking into a way of managing sales by post. Please keep checking this page for any updates. Thank you for your patience during this difficult time.
Back in September 2020, the Wisbech High Street Project hosted an online exhibition of old photographs of Wisbech, together with a selection of images displayed in the former Bon Marche store on High Street, as part of the national Heritage Open Days event.
We were overwhelmed by the interest in these images and with the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have decided to make these images, plus several more, available by publishing a book.
The images in the book were taken from an album discovered in the archives at Fenland District Council. The photographs were taken by the former Wisbech Borough Council engineers and are believed to date between the 1940s and 1950s.
The book is split into four categories: “Around Town”, “War Damage”, “New Schemes and Improvements” and “River, Canal and Port”.
Many, if not all these images, have never been seen or published before and offer a wonderful insight into the town and surrounding area during a period of great change when cameras were not as widely used as today. The photos, taken for the purpose of recording significant developments by the town’s engineers, can now be enjoyed by a wider audience.
The book has been produced by the Wisbech High Street Project, delivered by Fenland District Council and funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Copies will be priced at £5 each. All proceeds from the sales will be reinvested in the production of further copies and to benefit local heritage organisations.