Libraries showcase Francis Frith’s old West Sussex photos

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WEST Sussex libraries will be showcasing photos taken by renowned photographer Francis Frith during the next three months.

Ten branches across the county will display nearly 200 photographs, dating back from the 1890s to 1930s, to tie-in with a new BBC series on the Victorian pioneer starting this week.

He is best known for taking more than 365,000 pictures of almost every town and village in the UK – many of which were later turned into picture postcards.

Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and Crawley libraries are the first branches in the county to each feature the displays which can be seen until March 31.

They will then travel to the Horsham and Worthing branches from April 2 to 21 and Shoreham-by-Sea from April 2 to 13 - before going to Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath libraries from April 23 to May 11.

Lionel Barnard, County Council Deputy Leader who oversees the library service, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to see West Sussex’s past from the lens of one of the world’s greatest photographers.

“You can also buy any of the images at each library on A3 hand-made mounts for just £12.”

To view the pictures featured at the displays go to the West Sussex Past Pictures website at: www.westsussexpast.org/pictures.

Alternatively you can find out more about Francis Frith and his work by contacting the West Sussex Library Service on: 01243 642111 or visiting: www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries.