Learn about the Speight family of photographers from Rugby

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THE Speight family of Rugby were leading photographers in Rugby and the midlands in the Victorian period.

They supplied many of the photos for local history books of the time, including WO Watt’s “Rugby Past and Present” in 1893 and took several portraits of well known characters, including Rupert Brooke as a schoolboy at Rugby in the 1890s.

Come and learn more about them at this illustrated talk at Warwickshire County Record Office in Warwick on Saturday 3rd March at 2.00 pm. The speaker, John Frearson, is a well known local historian and author, and will illustrate his talk with photographs and other family documents of the period, many of which have now been donated to the County Record Office.

The talk is organised by the Friends of Warwickshire County Record Office as part of their Annual General Meeting. The Friends of Warwickshire County Record Office are a fund raising body set up to support and promote the work of the County Record Office.

The talk takes place at Warwickshire County Record Office, Priory Park, off Cape Road in Warwick, CV34 4JS. It starts after the short Annual General Meeting of the Friends at 2.00 pm, and will finish at 4.30 pm. Tickets cost £3 for non members and can be purchased on the door. Refreshments will be served.

Warwickshire County Record Office is involved in safeguarding, managing and developing Warwickshire’s archives so that they can be accessed, interpreted and enjoyed by all those with an interest in Warwickshire’s past and its people. We hold records dating from the twelfth century up to the twenty first.

For more information about the County Record Office and its opening hours visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/cro.