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Emsworth Horticultural Society
The Emsworth Horticultural Society began in 1919 with the Allotment Association. In our 2018 exhibition celebrating the history of the Emsworth Show, we trawled the archives for material, which had been usefully organised by Suzanne Holroyd and stored by the museum. Chris Shaw also searched through Portsmouth News articles stored on film, held by Portsmouth Library and West Sussex Gazette in Chichester. Even so, records were hard to come by — especially visually interesting material such as photographs. It was not until well into the new millennium, when digital cameras began to be more widely used, that photographs appeared in significant numbers. And it is only comparatively recently that people have thought about storing digital photographs on their computers or even more recently, online.The EHS would be interested to see any photographs you may have, whether printed or digital, of EHS gardening events, outings and trips, open-gardens, shows (for example of your winning entries!) or other EHS events you may have photographed. Do you have interesting stories to tell of any of the EHS events? In addition the EMS newspaper, which is delivered 4 time a year, would be interested in reports and articles about EHS events. We would like copies too.We can easily make copies and credit the photos and stories. Clearly it would be helpful if we knew when the event took place (at least to the nearest year!)If you can help, contact Chris Shaw 01243 377459, EHS digital archivist.
At the Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery, Basingstoke we currently have a special exhibition that will, I believe, be of great interest to yourself and your horticultural club’s members.This is the high profile International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It features the latest winning entries and runners-up in classes that include, for example, “Beautiful gardens”, “The beauty of plants”, “Wildflower landscapes”. “Wildlife in the garden”, and “Young garden photographer of the year”. About 48 in number, and reproduced in very large sizes, the photographs are truly international in scope. Besides British entries, you will, for instance, see entries from several European countries, as well as from India, Malaysia, China, Australia and the USA, and to describe the quality and artistry of each pictures as amazing is no exaggeration.The exhibition will be on view in the Willis’s Sainsbury Gallery until Saturday September 29. The museum is open Tuesdays to Fridays 1000-1700, and Saturdays 1000-1600. Admission is free but donations are welcome and are of vital importance to the Hampshire Cultural Trust that runs the Willis along with many of the county's other museums. A voluntary donation of £3 per person is suggested.The Willis is housed in a fine 1830s building (formerly the Town Hall) situated on the north side of the Market Place, postcode RG21 7QD. There is much else of interest to see there, and many visitors like to round off their visit with refreshments in the museum’s popular “Mayor’s Parlour” tea room. Further information about the Willis Museum may be found on its website. https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/willis-museum-and-sainsbury-galleryEveryone at the Willis will be most grateful if you would kindly bring this exhibition to the attention of your members, and hopefully we will have the pleasure of seeing you there.Yours sincerely,John Hollands, Friends of the Willis Museum Publicity OfficerJohn Hollands <firstname.lastname@example.org>
International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Basingstoke