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An Age of Confidence

Photographs by Bedford Lemere & Co

20 July 2012 - 30 June 2013

Free admission

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For half a century the London firm of Bedford Lemere & Co was the leading architectural photography company in England. After London, Merseyside was the firm's second-most photographed location. Their photographs captured an age of confidence when prosperity and civic pride gave rise to a wave of new buildings across the region.

This exhibition shows prints from the Bedford Lemere & Co Collection held by English Heritage. Most of the photographs have been made from the original glass plate negatives. The exceptional quality of the negatives means that it is possible to produce prints today that are as stunning as the day they were taken.

A wide range of Liverpool and Wirral places and people are featured, including Cammell Laird, the Adelphi Hotel and Port Sunlight Village.

Highlights include:

  • The resident orchestra at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool (1914).

  • Staff at the Royal Café, 19 Old Hall Street, Liverpool (1888). 
  • Trading Hall, Liverpool Cotton Exchange, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, (1907).

  • The Arcade, 81- 89 Lord Street, Liverpool (1901): Designed by architect Walter Aubrey Thomas who also designed the Royal Liver Building.

  • White star liner Olympic - sister of Titanic - looking aft (1920).

  • The drawing room, Holmstead, Liverpool (1901). Featuring Edward Burne-Jones's painting 'The Tree of Forgiveness', which was later acquired by W H Lever and now hangs in the Lady Lever Art Gallery. 

Exhibition developed in collaboration with English Heritage.

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