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Images of Rugby

18 May 2021 – 8 January 2022

A new display from the social history collection

The exhibition will showcase artworks and photographs of Rugby taken by both amateur and professional photographers highlighting the changing face of the town. Many of these have never been out on display before.



These include:

  • Photographs by Rodney Huntingford of Redding’s Photographic Studios of the old art school on Church Street being demolished outside his studio in the early 1950s
  • Projector slides from British Thomson Houston Lighting Department (Mazda) from the 1940s. These were taken to show new street lighting in the town centre but also capture eerily quiet streets at night (not dissimilar to the lockdown we’ve been experiencing today) and old buildings such as the alms houses which were demolished in the late 1950s.
  • Also, aerial photographs of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum during construction in the late 1990s and one of the town centre from the early 1970s.

Amateur photographers include Maurice Miller who was part of the Rugby Photographic Society. The exhibition shows some of his photographs of Rugby dating from the 1960s.

Also included will be artworks of local landmarks such as the cement works and the Rugby Radio station masts as well as postcards from the 19th/ 20th century.

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Check out some of our photographs in present day Rugby