Photographic Workshops

Lilian Ream
kindly provided by the Wisbech & Fenland Museum (ref 5/22a)
14-17 High Street, 2017
Matt Emmett
Derelict Building...2017
Matt Emmett
Wisbech High Street, 2017
Matt Emmett
Photography Workshop 071017
Taleyna Fletcher
A view of 'SANDAL' being unloaded seen from the flood defence wall on West Parade
Dean Rocker
1. North brink symmetry
Mike Forrest
Richard Cassidy
The Castle 1
Taleyna Fletcher
Angel 1
Taleyna Fletcher
Wisbech Exhibition Leaflet
Matt Emmett

Delivering a programme of photography workshops and documenting Wisbech town centre

Wisbech has an impressive history of pioneering photographers, including Samuel Smith, Lillian Ream and Geoff Hastings. All used Wisbech town centre and High Street as the subject for many of their photographs.

Building on this legacy, the HLF Wisbech High Street Project will document the High Street and the town as well as offer members of the local community the opportunity to help with this and learn more about photography through a series of workshops.

The Workshops will be delivered by professional photographer, Matt Emmet from Forgotten Heritage

The workshops will help to develop the skills of the local community, learn about important historic photographers, increase interest in the High Street and town centre and help to ensure that the restoration process is documented.

There will be 12 workshops in total which will cover topics including basic camera skills, lens use, architectural photography skills, creating panoramic images, balancing light using brackets, digital processing skills, social media skills and much more.

There will be a final exhibition in late 2019 to be held in the Wisbech & Fenland Museum.

Workshop No 1 – Oct 2017

On the first session we learnt about Matt Emmett and how he got into heritage photography and then we moved onto discussing some basic principals of photography as well as commonly used terms and jargon.

The group learnt about using aesthetics and composition, making the shot as good as it can be and some general advice on different types of composition, where to focus, fill the frame with the subject etc. We looked at the role of digital skills in photography with brief demonstration to give people an idea of what can be done using programs such as Photoshop.

Then we took a break and went to the High Street armed with tripods!

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Workshop No 2 : Wisbech General Cemetery – Dec 2017

This workshop focussed on how to take panoramic photographs and how to use Photoshop to edit and blend images together. We visited the Wisbech General Cemetery and Matt showed the group how to set up and take panoramic images before we headed back to the classroom to see a practical demonstration on editing and blending images.

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Workshop No 3 : 11 North Brink – Feb 2018

For the third session of the Wisbech High Street Project there would be a focus on the use of long exposure photography and light painting. Taleyna organised a site visit to an old granary and warehouse located at 12 North Brink, right next door to Peckover House. The interior of this 400 year old space is largely unchanged since the days of its original use and as luck would have it is also fairly gloomy inside, a perfect environment for practicing the skills from the lesson.

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 Workshop No 4 : Wisbech Castle Tunnels – Apr 2018

Photos coming soon..

 Workshop No 5 : Wisbech Institute – June 2018

For the practical part of this session we went to The Wisbech Working Mens Institute on Scrimshires Passage/Hill Street. Here we were challenged to find 5 images on a theme or that tell a story about the building.

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Workshop No 6: Peckover House – July 2018

During the sixth session the volunteers were asked to continue the theme of visual story telling through photography by capturing a series of images of Peckover House and Gardens.

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Workshop No 7: Wisbech Castle – Oct 2018

During the seventh session of the Wisbech High Street Project the volunteers were given the opportunity to have WIsbech Castle to themselves for an hour before it opened up to the public. Unfortunately it was a pretty miserable, wet day and so we had to remain inside but the group managed to get some lovely interior shots.

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Workshop No 8 : Wisbech General Cemetery at Night – Jan 2019

We returned to the Wisbech General Cemetery to have a go at Light Painting for the practical part of the session. Light Painting is a photographic technique of moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph to illuminate a subject or space.

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Saturday 29th June 2019 sees the launch of an exhibition in the library of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum by the participants of the Wisbech High Street Projects Photography Workshops.

More info on the exhibition here..

Comments about this page

  • The late Geoff Hastings should be the next Lillian Ream. His work on the town and area is outstanding

    By Paul Johnson (19/09/2017)
  • There are over 4,000 photographs of Wisbech available on The Geograph Project, see

    By Richard Humphrey (01/07/2017)

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