A look at Winchester in 1903

A new photographic exhibition - Winchester 1903 - has opened at the Hyde Historic Resource Centre.

The black and white photographs were taken by a Mr W.T. Green and show Winchester as it would have appeared around 1903. They were originally used to illustrate the publications of the local Winchester printer, Warrens, who occupied the same premises in 1903 as they do today at 85 High Street. The photographs appeared in a book entitled Winchester Illustrated published in 1903 and again in 1905.

Karen Parker, Winchester City Council's Curator of Photographs, said the Museums Service is fortunate in having in its collections the original 1903 photographic proofs of these images. "With his local knowledge the photographer provides a very personal, distinctive and unusual view of Winchester, which makes this collection such a valuable record of life in the town in 1903," she added.

The free exhibition is open 9.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday (closed weekends and Bank Holidays) until 2 September 2005.

For further information, contact Winchester City Council Museums Service on 01962 848269, email museums@winchester.gov.uk or visit the website www.winchester.gov.uk