Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Unique camera donated to the Archives

Ernest Warrillow (1909-2000), press photographer for The Sentinel newspaper for over 50 years, gifted his private photographic collection of over 1800 negatives to the University in 1981. The Warrillow Collection depicts the changing landscape of North Staffordshire from the 1860s to the 1970s and we are thrilled that the camera used to take many of these photographs has now been donated to the Special Collections and Archives by Mr Alan Vickerman, Warrillow’s close friend and former colleague.
Warrillow made his unique camera from brass plate, just large enough to hold 9x12cm glass slides, and fitted it with a rare 100mm front cell focussing GB-Kershaw 630 lens. The camera comes complete with its original custom-made carrying case, with space to house a small tripod, flash gun and a dozen glass slides.

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