Cambridge Regional College students photographs on display at the Museum of Cambridge as part of new exhibition

Students from Cambridge Regional College (CRC) have contributed to a special retrospective photography exhibition entitled ‘Cambridge: Then & Now’, in tribute to the heritage of Cambridgeshire at the Museum of Cambridge.

As part of their Visual Communications course, nine selected second year students sifted through the photo archives at the Museum of Cambridge and selected three historical images of various locations in central Cambridge. Their objective was to then photograph the locations in their modern-day setting, editing them with modern techniques to parallel their historic counterparts.

Left: Postcard of Market Hill & Great St Mary’s Church, 1910. Right: Photo by CRC Student Tia Camp 2018

The student’s work includes experimentation with light, tone, contrast and colour to reflect the bustling and vibrant surroundings of modern-day life in the region. Finding every location within the museum’s photo archive proved to be a challenge as not all of the locations still existed, but the resulting side by side shots of those found provides a fascinating insight into how Cambridgeshire has evolved over time.

Lillian Bixler, lecturer in Visual Communications at Cambridge Regional College says of the show: “This project has allowed students to broaden their level of understanding in the fundamentals of photography and has enabled them to engage with the heritage of this region, exploring historical genre and a diverse range of themes and disciplines. It has been an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit work as independent practitioners and promote themselves as artists in their own right.”

The Museum of Cambridge is located within the historic timber-framed White Horse Inn on Castle Street in Central Cambridge and was a working coaching public house from the 17th century until its closure in 1934. Today, the site features bygone artefacts of Cambridgeshire life from as far back as the 1600s including fine art, costumes, household objects, textiles and toys.

Left: Archival image of Sidney Sussex Street. Right: Photo by CRC Student Cameron Evans 2018

The photographs taken by Cambridge Regional College students will be on display as part of the ‘Cambridge: Then & Now’ exhibition from June 2nd until July 2nd, 2018. The Museum of Cambridge is open every Friday (10:30am – 5:00pm), Saturday (10:30am – 5:00pm) and Sunday (12:00pm – 4:00pm). Admission is £4 for adults, £2 for concessions and free for children under the age of 12.

As a non-profit organisation, the admission costs for the exhibition will go directly towards the upkeep and maintenance of the Museum of Cambridge.

Having student work displayed at the museum is the latest in a line of successes Cambridge Regional College has achieved in recent times. Key performance figures released recently place it first in the country (out of 198 colleges) in 19+ GCSE Maths A* – C pass rates. A centre of vocational excellence, Cambridge Regional College continues to grow and expand its role as a major seat of learning in the East of England. 

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