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Croydon through the lens of Charles Harrison Price – Exhibition Launch

After a successful run at Croydon Museum, this magnificent exhibition of historic photographs taken across Croydon, South Norwood, and even at Stanley Halls, is open!

This informal launch event is open to all, with free drinks available. We hope to see as many people join us, John & Carole, and the good folk of South Norwood to the opening of this wonderful exhibition. As an added bonus it will be a chance to see our ongoing building works and get a preview of our soon to be completed gallery renovation.



At the beginning of the 20th century many professional photographers with studios in Croydon town centre supplemented their income from portraits, weddings and school groups by producing postcards of local views and events. One in particular, Charles Harrison Price (1870-1946), developed an especially broad catalogue that besides superbly composed topographical pictures included the vibrancy of air-side views of Croydon Airport – Britain’s major, and only international airport during the interwar years, the compassionate nurturing of injured military personnel during World War I housed in hospitals in local schools and the lives of their carers, popular town parades and celebrations, parks and open spaces, local actors and newsworthy events.

Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society assisted by Bourne Society is exhibiting from its John Gent Postcards Collection a display of Charles Harrison Price photographs that allows a unique insight into life in the borough of Croydon during the first half of the 20th century.

Croydon through the lens of Charles Harrison Price: historic images from Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society

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