Picture perfect – Weymouth’s camera man

A dozen or so cardboard boxes, many without lids, sit on shelves at Dorset History Centre waiting to surrender their secrets. They contain some 7000 packets of negatives that effectively constitute the last 30 years of photographer Graham Herbert’s working career in and around Weymouth – an important visual record of everyday life from a Read More…

From the bench to the streets

Unemployed workers complaining bitterly about foreigners ‘pouring’ into the country… Not from today’s news, but the Southern Times of 11 September 1926 and a report about Harold Stevens, a well-respected Weymouth magistrate on completing a week living as a tramp in order to study vagrancy. The story resurfaced after a photograph of Harold Stevens sleeping on the Read More…

John Rede: Poole governor, English radical

Some 400 years after his birth, John Rede the English radical, Baptist leader and governor of Poole from 1647 to 1651, is to be afforded a proper place in history when he is included in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography to be published this autumn. ‘It’s not that Rede has Read More…

b-side, not just the seaside

Since 2008, the biennial b-side festival has sought to cast a different light on the Weymouth and Portland area, provoking double takes and scratched heads from locals and visitors alike with what festival producer Sandy Kirkby describes as its ‘quirky interventions’ on sometimes overlooked sites. Previously these have included lines of overheard speech flashed on Read More…

The Cumberland gap…

‘For many years I’ve held a brief For Bournemouth’s Golden Sands Indeed A1 in my belief Are Bournemouth’s Golden Sands You lie on your back from ten till one, And get well baked by the genial sun; And then turn over when you’re done On Bournemouth’s Golden Sands.’ As an opening salvo from Cumberland Clark’s Read More…