Out of the Shadow

Out of the Shadow, Into the Light

A fascinating exhibition of historic photographs, some of which have not been seen for over 100 years, our ‘Out of the Shadow, Into the Light’ exhibition features works selected from the museum’s collections. The prints have all been painstakingly produced from scans of the original glass plate negatives as part of a collaborative project between Maidstone Museum and Maidstone Camera Club.


The Maidstone Camera Club carried out the careful work of scanning, cataloguing and conserving this unique collection of over 6,000 glass plate negatives. To date over 800 images have been scanned and made into positives.

The images chosen for this exhibition come from four important collections of negatives: Cole, Ruck, Marley, and Old Maidstone. The majority of the Cole Collection was taken on the Isle of Sheppey between 1870 and 1900. The Ruck and Old Maidstone Collections were taken at roughly the same time, mostly in Maidstone and its environs. Marley, himself a former Maidstone Camera Club member, was photographing similar Maidstone scenes, but in the early decades of the 20th century. All of these photographs may have been taken at different times and in different places, but what they all share is a pin-sharp quality stands as a testament to the skill of the early photographers.

Exhibition includes

  • 109 A4 prints mounted in wooden frames 34cm x 39cm
  • 10 A3 prints mounted in wooden frames 66cm x 76cm
  • All frames supplied with mirror plates
  • Supporting graphics and labels

Gallery requirements

  • 55m2 hanging space (exhibition can be tailored to your gallery space)

Terms of hire

Category C – This exhibition must be under regular supervision during opening hours and the premises securely locked at night.

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