Herefordshire Life Through A Lens: Exploring Herefordshire’s heritage from the 1950s to the 1980s, through the photographic archive of The Derek Evans Studio.

A Catcher Media project in partnership with Herefordshire Council’s Libraries, Archive and Learning and Achievement Services. Films, photographic events, digitisation, training opportunities & more.

 

Content is being added regularly to this site as we progress through the project so do check in regularly and keep up to date via our blog and social media channels too.

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Find the latest news on our film & photographic events, and explore new stories, findings and musings from the archives

On Holiday With Catcher Media

"It occurs to me that there is something fascinating in taking a photograph of a photograph, capturing an image within an image. Each one of Derek's images so striking in it's own right, telling it's ...

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On Holiday With Catcher Media
Keith James looks through the Archive - by Clova Perez-Corral
4 Oct 2018

Ivor Stephens: on bushelling hops, buying horses and baking cakes…

Ivor was a sprightly 95-year-old with a firm handshake, and the perfect host; producing a beautiful victoria sponge for our visit!

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Ivor Stephens: on bushelling hops, buying horses and baking cakes…
Ivor Stephens
12 Sept 2018

'Hop king' of Europe

I wonder, when he was first took over the family’s Dormington farm, if Peter Davies ever thought one day he would be crowned ‘hop king of Europe’? He was frail when we met him, ...

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'Hop king' of Europe
Peter Davies of Claston Farm
28 August 2018

A Recipe for a Successful Film: tips for beginner filmmakers

If you're just getting started in filmmaking, or even just thinking about it, we'd say, 'Give it a go!' Rick has written a blog about some of the things to think about when making ...

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A Recipe for a Successful Film: tips for beginner filmmakers
Photographer Derek Evans with his stills camera
8 August 2018

Aesthetics in the everyday? Hop hauling as an art

Which brings to mind one of my favourite interviewees, the retired haulier, John Griffiths. I think even John would admit to being a ‘hard nut to crack’ when it comes to interviewing. And, again, I ...

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Aesthetics in the everyday? Hop hauling as an art
John's story
11 July 2018

Micro-tradition vs global homogeneity

It’s easy to see why Derek Evans returned to it again and again to create his photographic record. Before the merciful advent of the Welfare State, a ‘safety net’ offered by the Friendly Society ...

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Micro-tradition vs global homogeneity
Fownhope Heart of Oak Walk
31 May 2018

Bumper 'harvest time' for local pubs

‘It was a tremendous atmosphere. Every public house in the county was abuzz with hop pickers. All of a sudden for one month a year, there was an absolute buzz, it was incredible.’

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Bumper 'harvest time' for local pubs
Turning idyllic rural spots into thriving commercial hubs
5 April 2018

An audience favourite

Sometimes a story captures the public imagination for all the right reasons. ‘Stories from the Hop Yard’, the film from Catcher Media, seems to have done just that, that is if the sell-out audiences are ...

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An audience favourite
Launching at 2018’s Borderlines Film Festival
14 March 2018

Stories from the Hop Yards film on tour

After the snow severely impacted our sold out premiere event on Saturday 3rd March the weather on 6th March at Malvern Theatres was much more in our favour and packed audience of over 420 people came ...

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Stories from the Hop Yards film on tour
People turn out in their hundreds despite the snow
8 March 2018

Stories from the Hop Yards film screenings and exhibitions

We are delighted to announce a whole new list of dates where you can see the first film from this project and the accompanying exhibition of archive and contemporary images from the Hop Yards.

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Stories from the Hop Yards film screenings and exhibitions
Screenings and Exhibitions to look out for...
6 March 2018

No Irish, no blacks & no gypsies

A hop picker from Ross-on-Wye, now 83, recalls the annual hop pilgrimage with a smile and a far-away look behind his eyes.

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No Irish, no blacks & no gypsies
Her work ethic was second to none. But she really had little choice with such a huge brood to look after.
28 February 2018

Love stories from the hop yard

We heard the story of one sprightly 93-year-old, whose beloved son was the result of a one night stand with a Canadian airman during the War...

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Love stories from the hop yard
Some were life-long love matches, others were of heartbreak and missed opportunities.
28 February 2018

England’s Last Remaining Barrel Maker Insists He's Not On His Last Kegs

The imminent screening of ‘Stories from the Hop yards’ has invited stories around English beer and the rapid growth of microbreweries. Could wooden casks be set for a revival? We can only hope so.

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England’s Last Remaining Barrel Maker Insists He's Not On His Last Kegs
Great headline, but, frustratingly, not one I can claim as my own.
3 February 2018

Countdown

Our film, Stories from the Hop Yards has caught the public’s imagination. It seems everyone, of a certain age, has a memory connected to the hop yards of the county, and most of them ...

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Countdown
Come along and see the film, laugh a lot and shed the odd tear. Box office open now.
23 January 2018

Sailor Thomas and the 14 Inch Pipe

‘He had all these old trestles, it was like a big old shed. And he used to drink cider and take snuff. He wore a brown smock and he used to tip his snuff in ...

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Sailor Thomas and the 14 Inch Pipe
A legendary snuff user many in Hereford might remember, was old Tommy Hyett
11 December 2017

Gypsy Caravan Craftsman Stands the Test of Time

The Derek Evans’ archive continues to spring surprises. Most delicious among them are his scrap books, page after page of newspaper cuttings, documenting news from the ‘front line’ of rural life.

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Gypsy Caravan Craftsman Stands the Test of Time
We have some sketchy details about George’s life
21 November 2017

Legendary football commentator retires

Speaking to the BBC in the run up to his retirement he said: “The FA Cup as a tournament was very good to me. I’d like to think I can still have some association ...

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Legendary football commentator retires
He’s earned near-legendary status during his long years as a football commentator
15 November 2017

Archive reveals hidden delights

Waiting with perhaps more anticipation than most, was the ex-Hereford Times photographer, and friend of Derek’s, Ray Lloyd, and his wife Elaine

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Archive reveals hidden delights
There are stills hundreds of other negatives in the collection
8 November 2017

Odeon school screenings 2017

The grand premiere screening of ten local school films at the Hereford Odeon saw Screen 4 packed with expectant school-children on Monday July 10th. The aspiring historians and film-makers were there to present and screen their ...

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Odeon school screenings 2017
The climax of the event was an awards ceremony for each school
11 July 2017

We are at Leominster Festival

This entertaining and warm-hearted film revisits the past in interviews with farmers, auctioneers, townspeople, breeders, traders and council workers, and contains lots of archive film footage and photographs.

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We are at Leominster Festival
The screening has a Q&A afterwards so that people can share their own stories.
10 June 2017

Hop-picking in Bosbury during WW2

She vividly recalls the peace of being away from the bombing, and paints a rich portrait of the sights and sounds that made those few weeks hop-picking the country so precious.

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Hop-picking in Bosbury during WW2
Mavis Doughty, as a young child, escaped from wartime Birmingham
15 May 2017

How the Fownhope Heart of Oak walk kept alive the memory of a son lost in World War

A family’s long-standing connection to this age-old Fownhope village tradition.

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How the Fownhope Heart of Oak walk kept alive the memory of a son lost in World War
Listen to Roley's story...
7 October 2016

Derek Evans wanted his pictures to lift people's spirits

Eminent Herefordshire photographer Keith James who worked with Derek for many years, talks about how he had an easy-going charm that could lift the spirits of everyone in the room.

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Derek Evans wanted his pictures to lift people's spirits
Listen to Keith's story...
28 September 2016

Every farmer had their own coins

John, whose family have been in hops for many generations, talks about the bushellers, tallymen and bookers, and how the hop-pickers were paid in the farmer’s own coinage, which could be spent in the ...

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Every farmer had their own coins
Listen to John Pudge from the Hop Pocket...
3 September 2016

Singing in the Fields: Tales of Hop Picking

Influential hop farmer Peter Davies talks about the hop picking - by hand - on his farm.

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Singing in the Fields: Tales of Hop Picking
Listen to Peter's story...
29 July 2016

Hereford Racehorse jazz club, the place to be in the 1960's

“The club took over the skittle alley of the pub and we had live music every week. It was very loud, very crowded and extremely smoky."

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Hereford Racehorse jazz club, the place to be in the 1960's
“Everyone would dress up – it was a glamorous place to be and we all had enormous fun.”
23 July 2016

Then and Now: Hereford United in The 70s & The Club Today

Ron Parrott, knowledgeable archivist and long-term fan of Hereford United, discusses how that epic match against Newcastle, in the FA Cup third round replay of 1972, changed things for the club.

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Then and Now: Hereford United in The 70s & The Club Today
Listen to Ron's Story...
22 July 2016

Fond Memories of Hop Picking with Pauline Davies

In this short clip Leominster Councillor - Pauline Davies - talks about her experiences hop picking as a child. Pauline was just 4 years old when she first went picking with her mother.

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Fond Memories of Hop Picking with Pauline Davies
Listen to Pauline's story...
15 July 2016

'A picture needs to hit you in the gut': John Bulmer Talks Photography

John Bulmer, eminent photojournalist and film-maker, talks about what newspapers want and how Derek Evans helped him realise what that was.

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'A picture needs to hit you in the gut': John Bulmer Talks Photography
Listen to John Bulmer's story...
8 July 2016

'18 seconds - the ball's in the Newcastle net': Colin Addison Relives The Draw of '72

Colin Addison, former manager of Hereford United, talks about the surprise draw between Hereford United and Newcastle United on 24th January 1972, held at St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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'18 seconds - the ball's in the Newcastle net': Colin Addison Relives The Draw of '72
Listen to Colin's story...
1 July 2016

Magicians, Dogems & Dizzying Waltzes: The origins of Hereford's May Fair

Abie Danter, chairman of the South Wales and Northern Ireland section of The Showman's Guild at Hereford's May Fair, explains how the May Fair has changed over time.

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Magicians, Dogems & Dizzying Waltzes: The origins of Hereford's May Fair
Listen to Abie's story...
24 June 2016

Big Thanks to Ross Town Council

We'd like to say a big thank you to Ross Town Council as last night they approved our grant for the Herefordshire Life Through A Lens project.

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Big Thanks to Ross Town Council
Their generosity means we will be able to digitise numerous photographs and slides from the Archive.
11 March 2016

Saturday 12th March - a good opportunity to visit the exhibtion

If you would like to visit the photography exhibition of Derek Evans images at the Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre, which is a great place to see them, it's open this Saturday 12th March 9.15am ...

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Saturday 12th March - a good opportunity to visit the exhibtion
A chance to take a look at some achieve gems...
8 March 2016

Derek Evans Studio exhibition

Upcoming Exhibition dates 2016

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Derek Evans Studio exhibition
Find out when and where you can see these fascinating photos...
21 January 2016

Our past heritage projects

Take a look at our other oral history media projects that we have completed in the county. Both of these projects have been so well received by Herefordshire people that we have been inspired to ...

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Our past heritage projects
From the Cathedral Close to the old Livestock Market...
21 January 2016

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Themes

Through our research of the archives and our past heritage projects, we found there were many aspects of Herefordshire life to which the Derek Evans studio returned to over the years. Explore and find all related content in one place. The full image collection is being added over time to www.herefordshirehistory.org.uk


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Films & Interviews

This is an archive teeming with interesting stories that record the social history of Herefordshire in a snapshot. There are longer interviews and shorter clips, as well as full-length films. They present a fantastic resource for a wide range of interests in politics, culture, farming, country traditions, and rural life amongst others.

Featured Video: 'Stories From The Hop Yards' Trailer

Trailer from feature-length documentary ‘Stories from the Hop Yards’, which brims with archive photos and films, alongside newly-recorded interviews, all about Herefordshire's long association with hops.