Friday, 21 April 2017

In the Papers!

We have been excited and grateful to receive some local and national press coverage over the FORMAT17 Festival.
The Derby Telegraph have been supportive as always, as have BBC East Midlands. You can see one of our images on BBC Local Live with Gavin Bevis  (14:54, 7 Feb) , and there is a lovely piece on their news website covering the Derby Museums exhibition.

We have particularly had some lovely feedback from the Guardian article. A gentleman from France has been in touch to identify his Great Uncle from the Tickner photograph, and a lady from Spain has recognised her grandfather, Alf Goodere, from the newsagents.

We also spotted a new entry for W. W. Winter on Wikipedia quoting the Guardian article which was a typo. Winters was not in fact founded in 1865, and we can now confirm from a notice in the Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal that the original date for the business was 1852! This allows us to firmly place Winters as the longest continuously running photography studio in the world.
You can see a copy of the clipping from 31 March 1863 on our website

Last but not least, we came across this lovely blog post from 2014, 'My Great Aunt Norah's wartime diaries, 1938-1948' featuring a Winters portrait of a young woman - a great read for anyone interest in family history.

Friday, 31 March 2017


Well it's been a while since we blogged but a wonderful time for Winters!
We are very fortunate to be based in Derby, home of the international biennial FORMAT photography festival. Over last 12 months we have been working with Greg Hobson (Curator of Photographs at the National Media Museum), Debbie Cooper (artist and curator), Jane Middleton-Smith (archivist), and Jonathan Wallis (Head of Museums at Derby Museums), and a handful of dedicated volunteers to bring together a fabulous exhibition as part of FORMAT17.


On display at Derby Museums from 25 February to 23 April 2017, the show has been curated under this years FORMAT theme of 'Habitat' and is titled 'People, Places & Things'.
Jonathan and Greg installing a Winters photograph of King Edward VII
We are delighted to say that after many weeks of long, hard days the exhibition is everything we had hoped and more. The images are superb - spanning 165 years of Winters originals from the first studio on the opposite side of Midland Road, and covering the 150 years at the purpose built studios at 45 Midland Road.
Some of the images on display at Derby Museum
The opening night was a real celebration of Winters and everyone who had worked so hard.

Preview at Derby Museum
We are receiving great feedback and some very welcome national coverage for the heritage trust and will update you on some of the articles that have been appearing! Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date :-)