Exhibition and events programme in Harwich, 1st – 22nd September 2021

Victorian inventor William Friese-Greene was a talented photographer and inventor. Born in 1855, he is principally known as a pioneer in the field of motion pictures, having devised a series of cameras from 1888 to 1891, with which he shot moving pictures. He went on to patent an early two-colour filming process in 1905. While he was in Dovercourt he registered over 20 patents. He died in London 100 years ago, broke and virtually unknown.

This year a group of Harwich-based heritage organisations have joined together to make sure that his legacy lives on in Dovercourt, which was his home between 1897 – 1904. From 1st – 22nd September 2021 the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre is hosting an exhibition of photographs, patents and other printed materials that examines the life and work of William Friese-Greene, with reference to past and present film technologies. The exhibition is on display at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre, Main Rd, Harwich CO12 4AJ and is open daily from 10:00 to 16:00. Suitable for all ages.

 

 

Project partners:

The Harwich Festival is an arts organisation which entertains and supports the people of Harwich in the fields of creative and performing arts. It runs a Combined Arts Festival, Beach Festivals, events throughout the year at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre (HAHC), public art projects and large-scale community art projects.

The Electric Palace is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK, it opened in 1911 and it belonged to Charles Thurston, a traveling showman who was famous in the East of England for his Bioscope shows in the very early 1900s. The cinema was saved from demolition in 1972 and is now a Grade II* listed building, hosting a variety of film and music events.

The National Science and Media Museum is part of the national Science Museum Group and is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Its collection is devoted to the science and culture of image and sound.

The Harwich Society was founded in 1969 to help preserve the ancient seaport of Harwich. The society is run by volunteers, who repair and look after several local historical buildings within the Harwich area.

Essex 2020 is an Essex Partners’ initiative. Leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors, working together to create a better future for the people of Essex.

 

Programme of events:

Exhibition From 1st – 22nd September 2021 the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre is hosting a free exhibition of photographs, patents and other printed materials that examines the life and work of William Friese-Greene, with reference to past and present film technologies. The exhibition is on display at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre, Main Rd, Harwich CO12 4AJ and is open daily from 10:00 to 16:00 from 1st to 22nd September. Suitable for all ages.

Accessibility info: The gallery space is on the first floor. Access is up a flight of stairs and there is no lift available. We regret that the exhibition is not accessible to wheelchairs, pushchairs or prams. The exhibition will be moved downstairs to an accessible space on the ground floor on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September, when it will be open from 10am to 4pm. Access to wheelchairs on these two days is via the front door with a platform lift to take wheelchairs up a short flight of steps. Assistance with using the lift will be provided if required on these two days.

Victorian Dovercourt: guided tour Spend the afternoon walking through Dovercourt, reimagined as it was in Victorian times. The tour is led by David Whittle, one of Harwich’s most knowledgeable and experienced tour guides. Approximate length of tour is 90 minutes. Suitable for all ages. Friday 10th September – start at 3.15pm, end time 5pm (approx)
Saturday 11th September – start at 3.15pm, end time 5pm (approx)

Talk: Who was William Friese-Greene? A talk by Peter Domankiewicz, expert on the life and work of English inventor William Friese-Greene. The talk will be approximately 45 minutes long and will be followed by questions and discussion. Suitable for ages 14+. Saturday 11th September – start at 2pm, end time 3.15pm (approx)

Accessibility info: The talk takes place on the ground floor on Saturday 11th September and is accessible via the front door with a platform lift to take wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs up a short flight of steps. Assistance with using the lift will be provided if required on this day.

Family friendly drop in activity day Visitors between 11am and 3pm on this day will have the opportunity to try out a variety of simple techniques to create the effect of a moving image and make their own flip book to take away with them. Suitable for all ages. Saturday 18th September – gallery open from 10am, activities 11am – 3pm.

Accessibility info: The drop in activity takes place on the ground floor on Saturday 18th September and is accessible via the front door with a platform lift to take wheelchairs, prams or pushchairs up a short flight of steps. Assistance with using the lift will be provided if required on this day.