From glass plate to pixels: a digital journey through Godfrey Bingley's Yorkshire

Find out more about a stunning collection of almost 10,000 early photographic glass plate and film slides donated to the University 100 years ago by Leeds-based industrialist Godfrey Bingley.


Godfrey Bingley, a former foundry owner, took up photography after his retirement and took thousands of photographs from 1884-1913.  In 1913, when his eyesight failed, he donated his entire collection of glass plate and film slides, as well as accompanying notebooks, to the University.  These amazing images include settings such as Kirkstall Abbey, Fountains Abbey, Headingley, Bolton Abbey and Scarborough, giving a unique insight into Victorian and Edwardian Leeds and Yorkshire.

Beccy Shipman, Digital Content and Copyright Co-ordinator with the Brotherton Library, will be talking about the collection, a large part of which has now been digitised and can be viewed online:

On:  Friday 12 April 2013

At:   12.30pm

In:   Leeds Town Hall

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Book a place (tickets £4 each, or £3 for concessions).

On Saturday 4 May, to mark the centenary of the archive coming to the University, the Library's digitisation team will be working with Leeds City Museum staff to recreate some of Godfrey Bingley's original photographs of Kirkstall Abbey.  Bingley's notebooks gave details of the date and time when each photograph was taken, and these will be used to re-photograph the scenes exactly 125 years on.

On the same day, in the afternoon, the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will host a family-friendly art workshop about the Bingley slides.  You can be part of the team's activities at Kirkstall Abbey in the morning and join the Gallery's fun workshop in the afternoon.

Details of both events to follow: keep an eye on the Gallery website.

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