‘Shops and Shopping’ photo expo in town

One of the old images which will be on display at the 'Shops and Shopping' exhibit which opens to the public at Foyleside Shopping Centre later this week.
One of the old images which will be on display at the 'Shops and Shopping' exhibit which opens to the public at Foyleside Shopping Centre later this week.
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A special exhibition of historic photographs is to go on display in Foyleside Shopping Centre this week.

The ‘Shops and Shopping’ exhibit at the centre’s Food Court will be open to the public between March 20 and 27.

The brainchild of the BT Portrait of a City team, the display is the public’s chance to see some superb and unique photographs - many on show for the first time.

The exhibition - which is free to view - highlights the theme of ‘Shops and Shopping’ and includes photographs of Derry shops and streets from the 1870s to the 1970s.

An additional exhibition of photographs from the Portrait of a City project will be on display at their offices in the Rath Mor Shopping Centre from March 25–28.

The exhibitions showcase photographs donated by the public in 2013 to the BT Portrait of a City project which aims to create a picture of the city of Derry in historic images.

Thousands of images have been donated by the public and these include family photo albums, postcards, glass plate negatives and much, much more.

Subjects range from street scenes to home interiors to sport and politics.

Portrait of a City has created a fabulous community digital archive of this city and its people.

It tells the story of Derry through personal photographs and home movies as well as newspaper images and postcards. The project was voted Digital Culture Project of the Year at last year’s Digital Advertising NI awards.

Many of the images can be viewed online at www.btportraitofacity.com.