Alan Ward is a graphic designer and photographer based in Manchester. After purchasing a set of quarter plate glass plate negatives with unknown provenance, he set about a six-year project investigating and reimagining a family archive.

The quarter glass plates Alan bought from eBay were all from the same family collection; dating between 1914 and 1950. Piecing together clues from the images he was able to uncover a family history with strange parallels to his own.

‘Photographs from Another Place’ presents the archive alongside Alan’s own images, taken in response to the people and places he found through his examination of the archive. Copies of the accompanying publication will be available for sale at a discounted exhibition price.

This project is exhibited for the first time at The Williamson in Birkenhead. Join us for a tour of the exhibition and to hear Alan discussing his process of working with the archive.

This event is delivered in partnership with The Photographic Collections Network.



Who is it for?
This event is for anyone with an interest in photography, social or family history. It would be particularly relevant for anyone who is working with an archive either for research or artistic purposes.


Saturday 18th January. We will gather from 2pm, and the event will take place from 2:30pm - 4pm.


This event will take place at The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH43 4UE. There is ramped access at front of building and all galleries on one level; accessible toilet available.

When you arrive at The Williamson please register at the front desk. You can then turn left into Gallery 1 where the tour will start at 2:30pm.

If travelling by public transport Conway Park is the closest train station, take the 492 from the bus station opposite. For further public transport information please contact Merseytravel on 0871 200 22 33

If travelling by car exit the M53 Jct. 3 and take the A552 Woodchurch Road. Continue along this road as it branches off the main road. Keep to the left-hand side as the road changes to Bessborough Road and continue on this road. Williamson Art Gallery is on the right of Slatey Rd. (From Liverpool) Birkenhead Tunnel, right after paybooths A552 (Heswall) 1/2 mile. Follow the brown signs, the gallery has a car park.


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