January 2019 Review

Barrow Civic and Local History Society held its AGM on January 25th at the Trinity Church Centre in Abbey Road. At the meeting there was an open discussion to consider how best to plan for the society’s future and several options were discussed. It was a useful chance for members to share their thoughts and suggest how the society might continue in its present form. 

The Committee was elected after the discussion. Walter Johnston and Geoff Holme had given notice before the AGM that they wished to stand down from the Committee. They were each thanked for their invaluable support and involvement with the society over many years. Eddie and Pat Payne were newly elected to the Committee. The other members of the Committee remain the same as before.

After the business part of the AGM, Geoff Holme spoke to members and visitors about “The Photographic Work of Edward and Raymond Sankey.”It was a specially prepared presentation with numerous links to the history of the town. Edward Sankey established the family business in Buccleuch Street during the last decade of the 19th Century. His sons Raymond and Eric joined their father in the business which moved several times to different premises in Duke Street. 

Geoff Holme’s talk emphasised the extensive range of photographs produced by Edward and Raymond Sankey. The photographs are a permanent reminder of a bygone age and include ship launches, hospital parades, day trips across Morecambe Bay and wartime visitors, including King George VI. Everyday life in Barrow was recorded, including street scenes, trams and the Furness Railway. One photograph of significant national interest was taken in 1936 when the airship Hindenberg flew over Barrow. The photograph was bought and published by the Daily Express.  

Geoff Holme explained that a Heritage Lottery project has been lauched to conserve the films produced by Edward and Raymond Sankey. This will give people the chance to explore and enjoy this unique aspect of the heritage of Barrow and Cumbria, as captured on film for over 70 years. 

The meeting was well attended and Les Eveson gave the vote of thanks to Geoff for his very informative talk, which everyone enjoyed. 

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