Share your memories in Portraits of Life Exhibition
The work of talented photographer Jack Roberts, who died in 2005, will be going on display for the first time at The Forum in Norwich and we are asking for your memories to accompany the images.
Jack’s photographs will form a special exhibition called Portraits of Life running as part of the popular Norfolk Heritage Open Days from Friday, 13 September to Sunday, 22 September.
While many photographers concentrated on the landmark buildings in Norwich such as the cathedral and castle, Jack would wander down the backstreets and quiet corners with his camera round his neck. His pictures highlight parts of the city which are long lost, forgotten or taken for granted.
The exhibition will include photographs from: Lady Lane, Brigg Street and Gentleman’s Walk, Douro Street and William Street, Golding Street, Ashford Street, Napier Street, Charles Street and Wiggs Passage, Botolph Street, Distillery Street, King Street and Crusoe Street and Barn Road.
And we want to hear from you the stories behind the photographs! Do you recognise the streets? Did you live there or nearby and what kind of place was it? What was your home like, who were your neighbours and was it a happy place to live?
Young Jack Roberts was born at his parents’ home in Barn Road, Norwich, in 1917. He went to the old Technical College and then left aged 15 to work at Coe’s photographic studios in London Street. He served as a medical orderly in the Far East during the Second World War, nursing the survivors of the jungle slave camps.
Jack went back to Coe’s and continued to take pictures of the city he loved. In 1971 he went to work with Malcolm Howard at the UEA.
Norwich photographer Bill Smith scanned in the original negatives to reveal a rare collection of photographs taking a look at parts of Norwich rarely pictured.
Jack would take photographs around the Dereham Road area where he lived, often a part of the city neglected by photographers.
Today we head down Napier Street, wander over to Douro Street and William Street, then nip over to Botolph Street - where we could pop into see Frank Price and his department store. Time for a cup of tea before walking down Lady Lane near City Hall where Mr Pastry was born, and then heading over to the “village on the hill” – King Street and Crusoe Street.
The area between Kind Street and Ber Street was home to thousands of people before the demolition men moved in. There were houses, pubs, shops, schools, factories and a real sense of community spirit.
Get in touch
Does this bring back memories for you? Contact the Portraits of Life team at The Forum to arrange a time to share your stories. Call 01603 727937 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates and times to visit us to share to share your memories are:
Monday, 12 August and Tuesday, 13 August from 11am to 1pm
Wednesday, 14 August and Thursday, 15 August from 2pm to 5pm
Friday, 16 August and Saturday, 17 August from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm.