The Isca Historical Photographic Collection

THE ISCA HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION MARKS IT 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2014

Preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Exeter
Established 1974

ISCA COLLECTION AT RISK ?
Retaining the collection for posterity
Housing, preserving, exhibiting and expanding a unique archive.

In 2014 The Isca Historical Photographic Collection marks its 40th anniversary after being established by its owner Peter Thomas in 1974 to protect Exeter's visual history. Over the years the Collection has been extensively used as the source for many of Exeter's most well known books, videos and DVDs. It has also been the basis for major exhibitions of Exeter attracting thousands of people, in particular The Great Exeter Exhibition and The bombing of Exeter.

Special public presentations have also been a feature over the years that have taken place to packed audiences in local theatres. The Collection has been recognised as being of "Local, regional and national interest"
As a local collection it is particularly diverse in its contents and is a valuable resource covering the development of Exeter over a period of 150 years. Buildings, street scenes, events, portraits, city re-development, industry and commerce are all contained within it, together with aspects relating to the history of photography.
The educational value cannot be over estimated for future generations and the photographic records are irreplaceable.
However there is a distinct possibility that the Collection could be "at risk"
The historic value of the Collection lies in it being retained as a whole and despite numerous efforts over the years a satisfactory outcome has not transpired to preserve it in the long term for the benefit of Exeter.

DIGITISING THE COLLECTION - A FIRST STEP TO PROTECTION
Due the nature of early photographic archives, that can be film based, there is always the situation where negatives and transparencies deteriorate beyond saving and this applies to The Isca Collection. The basis of the Collection is 42,000 half-plate negatives that urgently need to be digitised in order not to lose Exeter's valuable photographic history.

In the longer term the Collection needs to be preserved for posterity and it is now that most important aspect needs to be addressed.
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