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The Redding Photographic Collection

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A small Redding Collection exhibition is now on display as part of the Journeys to Home exhibition.

The Collection

The Redding Collection comprises around 25,000 glass slides from the photography studio of the same name which flourished in Rugby in the mid 20 Century.  The collection was donated to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum by the owner Graham Wiseman (1945 - 2009).  The photograhs were taken by Rodney H Huntingford who previously owned the studio. 

Our collection spans the years 1958 - 1972.  Images were carefully logged by the photography studio in leather-bound hand written ledgers.  

The Collection is a unique document of Rugby through portraiture, landscape and businesses.

Rugby at work

The collection shows a post-war employment boom in Rugby.  Rodney Huntingford often photographed products for companies such as Lodge plugs and BTH as well as portraits of people in their working clothes.  He photographed the portrait of the Mayor of Rugby every year.

Sending pictures home:

The collection includes many portraits of people of Caribbean and Asian heritage.  They allowed people who had recently moved to the country to show friends and families their new lives in the UK.

"It was a time that we dressed up, taking photographs and sending photographs back home.  We sent them back home to say this is me now"                                                                                                             Elfreda Nembhard

Rodney Huntingford was able to re-unite families by carefully montaging portraits he'd taken in the studio in Rugby with family photographs from back home to create an entirely new and unique family portrait.

Archiving the Collection

Our ambition for the collection is to make the slides and ledgers accessible to all either online or as part of a changing collection in the museum and art gallery spaces. The first task is to catalogue the information onto a computer so that we can easily see what the collection holds.

For more information about photographer, George Redding, for which the Collection was named visit the Our Warwickshire website

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