Preston Historical Society First Meeting Of The Season

Posted on - 3rd October, 2012 - 10:15am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, History, Nostalgia, What's On in Preston


The Preston Historical Society held the first meeting of the season on Monday 1st October. The guest speaker was Stephen Sartin who is curator of art for the Lancashire County Museum Service and worked for many years at the Harris Art Gallery. He has also written several excellent books on the history of Preston.

Stephen’s¬†presentation for the evening¬†was entitled ‘Historic Views of Preston: a New Perspective’, a most interesting talk of antique images of Preston of both photographs captured by Preston’s well known photographers and artists of many years ago. Stephen has¬†been using¬†a technique of ‘image transformation’ in which an image, from a photograph or drawing with a certain perspective of¬†view¬†that has been captured¬†from a sideways angle, can be¬†transformed by computer graphic manipulation into a view which would be similar to looking at the image directly at the front elevation. This affords the image a completely new perspective and can reveal¬† a great deal more detail than would normally be seen by the viewer.

The Society would very much like to thank Steven Sartin for his most interesting and informative presentation, especially for his most impressive illustrations of the concept of transformation of a selection of antique Preston images.
There was a capacity audience of members, visitors and guests and a splendid evening was enjoyed by all.
The Preston Historical Society, founded in 1948, meets on the first Monday of the month between October and May. Our meetings, which start at 7.15 pm, are held in the Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston. The annual membership subscription is £10, and admission for visitors to a meeting is only £2.
More details can be found at the website: and our Facebook page can be found at!/PrestonHistoricalSociety
Paul D. Swarbrick.

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