Then and Now – Images of the Kennet Valley

Thatcham Photography Club is looking for images of places in the Kennet Valley. Such images are often found on old post cards and photographs.

The idea is to show the contrast between the depicted scene and a contemporary photograph.

Paul Roberts, the Chairman of the Club, believes that there is a great number of old postcards and photos in shoe boxes in cupboards everywhere and said “if we can winkle out some of these we are bound to find some interesting examples which will suit the needs of the club.

We will always return any loaned postcards or photos in the same condition as offered, since we will scan and produce digital files of the photos.

Every year we have a club members’ project where they take images which are then used in a collage. A few years ago we had a theme of “Hidden Thatcham” which showed photos of locations in Thatcham that go mainly unnoticed by everyone.

This year we had a theme of West Berkshire waterways and we had a framed collage of this on display at our photographic exhibition in October.

For next year, the challenge to members will be to produce the 2019 version of the old image and we will have a compilation of the best produced as a framed collage.

Here are examples of images which may be used in the project. Images containing people are generally preferred over those which record only streets and locations.

If you can help, please contact the Club using the following email address:



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