Stories from the Studio

Our latest exhibition at Cusworth Hall provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Doncaster residents during the First World War.

Stories from the Studio exhibits a range of photographs taken in Doncaster 100 years ago by local photographer Luke Bagshaw.

Photograph of saluting soldier from First World War

The images are part of Heritage Doncaster’s Bagshaw Collection which features over 14,000 glass-plate negatives from Doncaster’s Bagshaw & Son Studio which, taken between 1897 and 1944.  1058 images from the collection reflect what live was like for Doncaster residents at home during the First World War.

Over 400 hours were spent by volunteers Carol Hall, Ruth Scott Chambers, and Jean Walker, alongside project archivist Sandra Hicklin, painstakingly scanning the images fresh from their original glass-plate negatives and discovering the stories behind each one.

The exhibition is part of Doncaster 1914-18, a four-year project supported by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Photograph of soldier training during First World War

The volunteers worked tirelessly to research and scan each photograph from their original negatives, a complicated and time-consuming process, often taking up to a week to finish just 20 images, but meaning that this extraordinary photographic collection is now preserved safely for the future – for everyone to see.

Stories from the Studio runs until February 2019.  Admission is free to the exhibition at Cusworth Hall, but car parking charges apply.  Visitors can also explore, at no additional charge, the 18th-century country house, museum displays and its historic parkland, complete with lakes and pleasure grounds, shop and tea room.