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Life Through The Lens

Come and immerse yourself in over 100 years of work, rest and play in the Fareham borough through black and white, hand coloured and colorised photographs. 

A selection of photographs have been professionally colorised using digital techniques, transporting us back in time and giving us a different perspective of the past. Many of the images featured in the exhibition are available to view due to our dedicated volunteer team, who have been digitising and cataloguing the local archive for over two years.

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Workers at a strawberry field in the Warsash or Sarisbury Green area. From May time ‘itinerant labourers’ and travelling communities flooded to the area to work picking strawberries.  By the 1930s the soil would no longer yield the crops because of disease and over cultivation.  1930s depression and wartime restrictions on fruit growing led to the decline of the strawberry industry in the area.

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Parade in West Street, Fareham in 1940. The marching policemen are leading firemen and other services along West Street.  This was part of the organisation of local civil defence services.  They are marching past officials and schoolchildren near the post office.

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Firewoman Johnnie Johnson, District Officers Chauffeuse on a motorbike, 1940's. The image was taken at Maylings, a large house situated in Highlands Road Fareham, and the headquarters of the National Fire Service.

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Cocklepickers at Hill Head, Fareham in 1890's. This image was taken by well known local artist Martin Snape, presumably as inspiration for his work.

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D.A. Roper Mobile Knife Grinder and Sharpener at work in Gardener Road, Titchfield, September 1968.

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Men at work in H Gibbon & Son Foundry, Quay Street, Fareham in 1950's. Here molton cast iron is being poured into moulds to make drain covers. The Foundry was demolished Autumn 1998.

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Water Carrier in Titchfield c. 1910. Mains water did not reach Titchfield until 1922 and 1923. Therefore the rural district council employed a ‘water carrier’. The cost was one farthing for a two gallon bucket of water.

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Bomb damaged house at The Crossway in Portchester, April 1944.

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Train packed with strawberries leaving Swanwick Station c1918. At peak times there were long queues of carts waiting to be loaded onto trains. The trains were known as ‘Strawberry Specials’.

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Fareham Fire Brigade Sub-Officer Sidney  Frost in breathing apparatus c1940.

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Westbury Manor Museum

Address: Westbury Manor Museum, West Street, Fareham PO16 0JJ
Telephone: 01329 822063

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