2020 was the 35th anniversary year of the society. The year started well with the AGM and Neil Honeyman gave a fascinating talk about the lives of the Bronte family. Everyone enjoyed the talk and his photographs gave the audience an understanding of how the landscape around Haworth inspired the writing of the Bronte sisters.
The guest speaker in February was Geoff Holme, whose illustrated talk traced the history of the trams and buses in Barrow. His unique collection of photographs showed the earliest steam trams right through to the familiar blue and white buses of Barrow Corporation, giving an insight into a century of public transport in the town.
The Covid restrictions in March then impacted on life for everyone and all the meetings for the rest of the year were cancelled. It has been a difficult twelve months and many organisations like ours will wait until it is safe to meet up again.
During the past year Signal Film and Media has been continuing with its “Seeing the North with Sankey” project. In 2018 National Lottery Heritage funding was secured for the project which aims to explore and share the photographic work of father and son, Edward and Raymond Sankey. Their business was based in Barrow and the photographic archive consists of over 15,000 images, taken between 1895 and 1965.
Since January 2020, local people have attended workshops to learn how to describe, catalogue and research the archive.
There are several online exhibitions of photographs from the Sankey Collection, which can be viewed by going to https://signalfilmandmedia.com