Black and white photo of girl fishing

Mary fishing c1915 © National Museums Liverpool
(by kind permission of Heather Price)

The establishment of bank holidays and the efficiency of rail transport in the late 19th century offered everyone, especially the middle classes, increased opportunities for leisure and travel. The popularity of day tripping exploded, resulting in many enduring images of the British on holiday in the country or at the seaside.

Such excursions provided an escape from everyday urban life, and an excellent source of interesting subjects for photographers like Jack Urton.

There are numerous pictures of trips to Urton's home county of Derbyshire. They show his amateur photographer's interest in recording rural life, with scenes of farm cottages and haymaking. The Urtons and their friends often explored the caves and rocks, waterfalls and rivers of the dramatic Derbyshire landscape.