Digitising the Wynyard Darkroom Photography Collection
The glamorous neo-classical home of the Londonderry family underwent a huge restoration programme several years ago, and during this time the National Trust acquired hundreds of family objects from the original collection. Among these was the darkroom collection of avid photographer Theresa, Lady Londonderry, with boxes of her glass plate negatives.
A team of volunteers will be cataloguing, cleaning and digitising these negatives in view of visitors during the year, and learning more about what they depict. Among the subject matter already identified is a boating disaster that took place on Strangford Lough next to Mount Stewart in April 1895, which drew considerable interest at the time.
The project will be aiming to identify a number of people shown in the images as well as other subjects photographed by Theresa. Once the work is completed, an exhibition of some of the images is planned for 2020.