• February 8, 2014
  • 12:00 am

Edwardian Photography Studio – Saturday 8th February 2014

The FoSJP History Research Group marked St.James’ Park‘s 1907 Edwardian origins with a “Pop­up Edwardian Photography Studio” at the ParkLife Community Room.

Visitors were invited to:

  • See early Edwardian images of Shirley Recreation Ground
  • See how the Park looked in 1907
  • Dress up in period costumes (parents and children)
  • Have their photograph taken

We’d also invited along several of our Oral History Project interviewees to have their photos taken.

Alongside the dressing up outfits and hats are personal family photos: all Edwardian and some taken locally.

One of the photos was believed to have been taken by a Miss Nellie Smith, who apparently had a photographic studio on Shirley Avenue, although she’s not included in local trades listings at that address.

Pictured seated below Don Smith’s painting of Shirley Recreation Ground as it was in 1934, next to the Edwardian lady, pretty in peach, are Oral History Projectinterviewees Mrs Peggy Crockett, her daughter Mrs Julie McKay, and William Smith.

Behind the Edwardian Lady receptionist are photos of the Park in times gone by, including Edwardian images provided courtesy of the Peter Wardall collection.

Pictured by the display are Mrs Doreen Couper, her daughter Marion McCaffery, and lead Oral History Project typist Cindy Phillips.

Photographic equipment and expertise was provided by Anna Vickers – Artist, Photographer, and Community Arts Organiser – and this event was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Thanks also go to the Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage Learning Team, the Forest Forge Theatre Company, Madge Heath, Mrs Freda Hancock, Victoria Horne, Michaela Lawler‑Levene, Hilary Moore, Helena Garzon, Peter Wardall, Liz Webb, and Victoria Hayter for help with this event, including the loan of items towards the exhibition and photographic studio.

The afternoon wasn’t all about photography – after they’d had their photos taken, our Oral History Projectinterviewees had a cup of tea and a wonderful time reminiscing together. It’s often difficult for people in their late 80s and early 90s to find others to talk to, so they really enjoyed it!

Here are Anna’s photographs from the Edwardian Photography Studio – despite appearances, all taken in February 2014. Thanks go to all our willing models!

Click on any of the photographs to see a full size version (note – may take a while to download…).

If you feature in any of these photographs and would like to order printed copies, please contact us via history@fosjp.org.uk.