Monday, September 15, 2008

Exhibiting Edgar Wood

People turning up for the event at Long Street Methodist Church including the Mayor and Mayoress and local Councillors

Last Wednesday Friends of Long Street Methodist Church held an open evening as part of the Heritage Open Days. It coincided with the display of a permanent exhibition of a series of Edgar Wood images, by myself,  supported by Middleton Township within the grade II* listed building.

Three of my images on display inside Wood's iconic building

Alan Gardner from Alan Gardner Associates gave an introductory talk about his ongoing work on providing a conservation based assessment of key Edgar Wood Buildings in the Middleton Conservation Area. On display were rectified images taken of Wood's unique Long Street buildings including Church and former school.

Dr. Archer (right) talks to Alan Gardner (centre)

We were also honoured to have Dr John H. G. Archer attend, who said a few words about his experience of Wood and also complimented the efforts of the people of Middleton in raising the profile of Edgar Wood as architect.

Also on display was English Heritage's Roofs of England exhibition which highlights the importance of vernacular stone slate roofs. Wood's Long Street Methodist Church has over 1500m2 of stone slate roof and is one of the most extensive and complete traditional roofscapes in the area.

English Heritage's Roofs of England Exhibition was well attended

During the weekend I was in attendance talking to newcomers and enthusiasts alike. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk about my photography, the importance of Edgar Wood and his wonderfully unique buildings at Long Street. It was great meeting so many enthusiastic people, including many local Middletonians who either own or owned an Edgar Wood property.

Dr Archer called in again on Sunday and I spent a pleasurable hour talking to him about Edgar Wood and discussing my photographs and the Roofs of England Exhibition.

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