Take One object revealed

The Take One training day took place on November 5th at the Museum resource and learning centre. 12 teachers from 10 local schools attended to find out all about our Take One item – a glass plate negative of Hereford old livestock market taken by local man Alfred Watkins in about 1900.

Teachers had a great day exploring the photo imaginatively and hearing from curator Judy Stevenson all about the history of the photo, one of the characters depicted in it and the items he was selling as well as the background history to markets in Hereford. Teachers also explored the educational potential of the photos and have now returned to schools to plan their Take One projects in school in Spring 2014.

The photo depicts a character called Old Mr Gore who owned a rope and twine shop in Commercial street in the late 1800s and who also traded from Hereford Cattle market.  The market tavern is visible in the background to the left of the photo and the large seven-windowed building appears to have Yeoman’s written on it. The spire of All Saints church is visible in the background. The corner of the stock pen is on the left and stockmen are parading their stock in the background behind the two men centre of shot. Herefordshire Museum service would appreciate any observations about the photo to add to the knowledge about it that we offer the school teachers involved in the CTC learning project. Copyright Herefordshire Museum Service

Hereford Cattle Market Rope Stall - Alfred Watkins

Hereford Cattle Market Rope Stall – Alfred Watkins


4 thoughts on “Take One object revealed

  1. I think the image displays a real richness offering so many avenues of interest for pupils. Obviously Alfred Watins is a fascinating first port of call. There is also the photographic process itself which has been an historical factor in itself, now that most practise is digital. The classical composition of the picture with the market stall framing the scene, the boy looking at the viewer like someone from a Manet painting, and the sense of pictorial space and sitance reminiscent of Titian almost. Alongside this there is the all of the farming activity – the people at the stall, surrounded by (now) historical artefacts, the cattle being paraded in the background, and the possibility to place the Market Tavern on the left hand side of the photograph. And this only touches the surface. I can’t wait to see how children and young people interpret and bring their own creativity to this work, to explore their local area and their links to farming history and the present-day state of agriculture in the county and the larger world.

  2. Old Mr Gore (Henry) was my great great grandfather. He hired our marquees as well as made rope. The business went bust around the time of the first world war, having been the work of the family for two generations. I found a version of this photo when I visited Hereford library a few years ago and have it up in my home. I love the atmosphere of the photo: contrasted with knowing how much life would change for that family in a generation.

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