Herefordshire life through a lens – 2017 & 18

It’s time to sign up for the second round of this great project. We already have 12 schools for 2018 but there’s room for a couple more.

You’ll find a lot about how it went last year further down this page.

This year will be very similar and there’s a lot of detail about that here: HLTAL 2018 Invitation

More importantly Sign up here

Fifteen schools took part in this project in 2017 and made 12 films inspired by the work of photographer Derek Evans. Click below to view them on Vimeo


Full details are available on the dedicated project site:

We’ve worked for years with our good friends Rick and Julia Goldsmith (Catcher Media) who are taking the lead on this big media project that will run for the next three years and I’m delighted that they’ve asked for some help from Herefordshire primary schools with a major project entitled “Herefordshire Life Through a Lens”

Derek Evans2

The project centres around the work of the photographer Derek Evans who was working in Hereford between the 1950s and 1980s. His Hereford studio attracted a good deal of national attention but more importantly his extensive archive gives a unique insight in local life in the 20th Century . Catcher Media have been given access to the whole of this archive and this will provide the basis for film making in the coming years with a strong focus on local and oral history. You can read a lot more about the project on the dedicated website We are particularly looking for schools wishing to focus on the main themes of:

  • Hop picking (or agriculture in a wider sense)
  • The Mayfair (Hereford’s and more local fairs / flower festivals)
  • Social history around Derek Evans’ Hereford studio (1950 – 1980) and photography in general
  • Hereford football Club
  • Fownhope Heart of Oak celebrations (or other local rural traditions)
  • Or any theme of your own from the selection of Derek Evan’s photos e.g. changes in their local environment, Hereford life, mining, market sellers, musicians.

evans football

The schools part of the project will be repeated in the in the summer term of 2018.

Evans May fair

There is also a plan to form an education support pack resource writing group. If you have anyone who might like to be involved in this we’d also like to hear from you.

If you’d like your school to be considered to be involved, this year or next, please let us know here

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