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Unique exhibition to combine town’s past and present

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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PEOPLE in Burton are to be offered a glimpse at a unique set of photographs bringing together the town’s past and present.

The photographs, which fuse historic images from the town with how it looks today, will be on display in the Octagon shopping centre throughout February and March.

The images are the creation of Burton photographers Peter Jordan-Turner and Robert Brittle, who were allowed to delve into the archives at the National Brewery Centre to access images from the town’s past, with the oldest photographs dating as far back as 1870.

The exhibition is entitled ‘Jubilee to Jubilee’, with images old and new capturing how Burton looked when both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II marked 60 years on the throne.

Visitors will also be able to get their hands on some of the stunning creations, with a selection being up for sale.

Mr Jordan-Turner, who has been an avid photographer for three decades and turned professional four years ago, said: “We had always had this idea of merging vintage photos with new ones. Obviously Burton has changed a lot and it’s difficult to visualise how it was.

“Looking at some of the old photos, it’s hard to see where it is, so it’s about making it easy to see how the town was.”

Matching up today’s photos with the images from the past wasn’t always a simple task, however.

Mr Jordan-Turner said: “The hardest part was physically putting yourself where the photos were taken, visualising where they were and partly because some are now in the middle of a busy road!

“It was interesting to see how the town has changed, to see people waiting in the street for brewery wagons.

“The number of pictures of the town under water over the years was amazing too.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday and will be on the first floor of the Octagon centre until March 31.

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