“Vast” and “exciting” legacy of Stradbroke photographer to be launched in village this weekend

Stradbroke, Suffolk. Elaaine Lake and Ann Readman at the launch of the Stradbroke Village Archive last year.

Stradbroke, Suffolk. Elaaine Lake and Ann Readman at the launch of the Stradbroke Village Archive last year.

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A “vast” and “exciting” legacy of a Stradbroke photographer will be launched in the village on Saturday.

Last year during the national Explore Your Archive Week 2014 Stradbroke Village Archive launched the opening of its extensive digital archive of Stradbroke history.

The organisers were approached by the family of Geoffrey Smith, a prolific photographer of life in the village of Stradbroke in the 1950s to 1980s. Generally working with black and white film, he captured a window in time, where people are going about their daily lives and taking part in the life of Stradbroke.

A spokesperson for the Stradbroke Archive and Records Association said the generosity of Mr Smith’s children, Michael and Linda, had opened the door to share his legacy.

The archive will be launched and on display at The Court House, between 11am and 2pm.

Ann Readman, member of The Stradbroke Archive and Records Association (SARA) said: “We are so excited by this archive – Geoffrey Smiths family are justifiably proud of his achievements and have dedicated themselves to preserving his legacy – from formal portraits and wedding photos, to locals enjoying evenings spent at the pub, and the capturing of all the village events and views of life that are the stuff of memories.”