Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
My name is Matthew Broadhead, an artist and photographer based in southwest England. At present, I am enrolled on the new MA Photography program at UWE Bristol with course leaders Aaron Schuman and Angus Fraser, due to graduate in 2019.
The project I am working on investigates the life and practice of my third-great grandfather, Frederick William Broadhead, commonly abbreviated as F. W. Broadhead. In the context of my studies I am primarily working with the Belvoir Castle estate to record the interior and exterior of the building as my ancestor did, and explore the area photographically. This will culminate in an exhibition next season in 2019 and the same results will also been seen in my final MA exhibition at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol.
Whilst I am looking for any photographs and information connecting F. W. Broadhead and the Belvoir Castle estate, I am also interested in the same about any area of his life's occupation.
In my own collection and archive, I have around 200 examples of photographs from his studio, along with comprehensive newspaper records such as stories and advertisements in connection with his business. Original advertisements featured in business directories are also present along with reproductions from the Wigston Record Office and former clients of F. W. Broadhead.
One purpose of this request is to establish whether there are any F. W. Broadhead examples in the private collections of the membership on this site, and to possibly collaborate on aspects of my long-term project. As a practitioner in the field myself, it is of great personal interest and investment to learn more about my own heritage but share my findings back into the field of photo-history in the form of exhibitions, talks, and publications.
My website is www.matthewbroadhead.com and I can be contacted on my mobile at 07554 879388 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see below a close up of a money order with his studio address at 55 Welford Road, Leicester
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