Winchester City Council’s museums service has launched a new range of mounted prints of old photographs. The prints are now on sale at two of Winchester’s museums and all show views of the city from a collection of pictures by Winchester-based William Savage.
The images - including views of the cathedral, Buttercross and High Street - date back to the 1870s and show off the rich and varied architecture that is still cherished today.
Ross Turle, Curator of Recent History at Winchester City Council, said: “The William Savage photographs provide a unique window on Victorian Winchester, and they have always proven popular with visitors. Although we only have a select number mounted at present they will, we hope, be the start of a much wider range of reproductions from our collections.”
Lily Isherwood, the Museum Visitor Assistant who has been working on this project, said: “It’s fascinating to see what’s changed and what’s remained the same in our city, which has such an interesting range of architecture. It is impossible to pick a favourite print. I want them all!”
Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and Sport, added:
“I am sure that local people will appreciate the chance to own a photo from our collection and display it in their home – or perhaps to buy it as a gift. The photos have come just in time for Christmas too!”
The new prints are now available at the City Museum and City Space at Winchester Discovery Centre. Admission to the museums is free – so why not go along and take a look.