Wisbech Photographic Festival

THE Wisbech Photographic Festival starts on Monday, May 23 and looks set to be action-packed.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be lots of things going on at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House. See below for a full run-down of events.

The Festival has been kindly sponsored by Roddons Housing Association, Fotogenic, Chiller Blinds, WisARD, Clifford Cross Auctions and Fenland Arts Association.

Monday, May 23

6.30pm: Wisbech photographers’ walk led by Jo Murfit (about 1 hour) £2 per person.

7.30pm: opening of Wisbech Photographic Club 61st Annual Exhibition by the Mayor of Wisbech, Cllr Jonathan Farmer – exhibition on view all week in the Banking Hall.

7.45pm: lecture by Mark Pardoe: Picture postcards – an eyewitness to history. £2 per person – tickets available on the door.

Display of 2012 entries for wash estuary calendar competition (on view all week in the Wisbech Room).

Tuesday, May 24

7.30pm: lecture by Andrew Ingram: Wisbech anniversaries – Looking at twenty Wisbech anniversaries including 900th anniversary of St Peter’s Church, the centenary of Rev Wilbert Awdry’s birth and 50 years since the death of Lilian Ream. Includes previously unseen photographs of Wisbech. £3 per person – tickets available on the door.

Wednesday, May 25

Friends of the Wisbech Courthouse.

7.15pm: Presentation: personal memories with photographs.

8.15pm: Exhibition: Scenes from the Wisbech Courthouse opened by the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Richard Barnwell DL.

Thursday, May 26

7pm: Wisbech Camera Club – critique night. Bring along your own photos for the members of the Wisbech Camera Club to give help and advice.

Saturday, May 28

Andrew Ingram: Peep into the Past exhibition.

Wisbech Photographic Treasure Trail Challenge sponsored by Roddons Housing. Collect your camera from Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House from 1pm - follow the trail and win a prize. £2 per entry, return by 4pm. (Cameras subject to availability.)

Monday, May 30

Hand colouring photographs – a talk by Rob Morris of the Fenland Visual Arts Collective. £2 per person – tickets available on the door.

There are also events going on around Wisbech.

Wisbech Social Club & Institute, Scrimshire’s Passage (off Hill Street).

Historic Lillian Ream photographs. Heritage at risk exhibition. Thursday, 25th to Sunday, 29th, 10am to 5pm.

Wisbech & Fenland Museum, Museum Square, 01945 583817.

The Bridges of Wisbech: Exhibition to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Freedom Bridge - Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Peckover House, Reed Barn 01945-583463.

William Fox Talbot of Lacock Abbey. Children in camera: 1860s photographs from the pioneer photographer. Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, June 5.

National Trust members free. Normal admission applies.

Fotogenic, 4 Hill Street, 01945 587437.

Wednesday, May 25 - Victorian Studio Portraits: get your portrait taken Victorian style, 10am to 3pm.

£3.50 per 7x5 photo printed on site.

Wisbech Library: celebration of Wisbech Fire Service, 0345-045-5225.

Display of photographs in Library during opening hours.

May 23, 7pm - talk by George Dunlop - £2.50 per person.

Wisbech Council Chamber, 01945 461333.

Mayoral portraits. Saturday, May 28, 1pm to 4pm.