The Walter Gardiner Photography Collection

14 Mar

I had the chance today to visit an exhibition at Worthing Library, Worthing, West Sussex of some of the works of Walter Gardiner. These will be of most interest to those people with Sussex ancestors.

There are some amazing images on display, which I understand is only a small percentage of the overall collection. Details of the acquisition of the collection can be found in this old article on the BBC South Today website, which includes a few examples, but more can be seen on the West Sussex Past Pictures website.

The exhibition continues until the 28th March 2009 at Worthing Library, admission is free, and there is a catalogue (costing £1) which provides further information about the photo (where it is known). As well as the prints on display, there is also a slide show presentation of more digital images from the collection.

For me the star of the show was a print of a motor bus outside the Chinese Gardens, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex c1900. And why was that so special? well apart from my liking for old buses and pub history there is also the fact that my great grandparents lived opposite the Chinese Gardens.

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