‘Lost Images of Wisbech’, which officially launches at Wisbech Museum on Saturday, 19 June, is now on sale for £5 per book – with all proceeds going towards the museum.
The book will be launched at the Museum on 19 June during the opening of its Schools Summer Showcase exhibition, from 10am to 4pm. Only this temporary exhibition will be accessible on the day, as the Museum’s main galleries will remain closed to the public throughout the current building work.
Copies of ‘Lost Images of Wisbech’ will initially be available from the Museum (see their website for opening times www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk). For further information or to find out other ways to get a copy visit the Wisbech High Street Project website at www.highstreetwisbech.org.uk or contact Matt Wright on 01354 622210.
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.