Don Eades corridor

The Don Eades Collection

In 2016, a photographer from nearby Buriton gave his life's work to Petersfield Museum. His photographs are windows onto Petersfield during the late 1900s.

In the 1960s Petersfield was changing. It was the job of Don Eades, freelance photographer for the new Petersfield Post, to document that change. He photographed demolition and rebuilding, the last days of the cattle market and new industries and fashions that reflected national changes in culture. 

The last photographs in the collection date to 1987. Thirty years later, with help from members of The Arts Society Petersfield, we began sorting, identifying and selecting the photographs that we would most like to share with you.

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Digital cameras and smartphones have completely changed photography. Not long ago, the easiest way to capture an image was on film. 

When Don Eades was taking photographs, images were captured when light hit a strip of film inside his camera. The number of photographs a single strip could hold was limited, but Don Eades would always take a few snaps of the same scene to make sure he'd got the shot he wanted.

This was important because unlike today, he couldn't view the photographs on his camera screen. The images weren't visible until the film had been developed, which meant passing it through light sensitive chemicals. This is how Don Eades produced his film negatives. Now we are using a scanner to transform them into positive digital images.