Flashbacks to a bygone era

Young photographers are helping Doncaster Archives to uncover local history.

BTec national diploma students at Doncaster College are printing photographs from glass plate negatives made as far back as the turn of the last century by local photographers Luke Bagshaw and Edgar Scrivens.

Student Lauren Taylor, 18, from Bessacarr, said: “It’s exciting to see the pictures
appear in the developer.”

The photos show significant moments in the town’s history, such as the construction of the canal and St George’s bridge, and the unveiling of the war memorial in 1923.

Roberta Brackenbury, 19, from Haxey, said: “It’s quite scary dealing with glass negatives that have a lot of history behind them. We handle them with great care as we’re aware that they are breakable – and irreplaceable.”