Buxton Before the War

As the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War continue, a new exhibition in the museum foyer presents a variety of photographs taken in Buxton between about 1900 and 1914. The images depict people going about their everyday lives – work, school and leisure activities. It is interesting to note the differences of 100 years ago, such as the regular use of horse-drawn vehicles and the quiet roads that lent themselves to walking.

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The architecture of the town is remarkably familiar – the Crescent, the Thermals Baths, the Cottage Hospital, the Turner Memorial, amongst others, are still visible today, although often now used for a new purpose. Like many who have already seen these images, you will find the comparisons fascinating. If you can’t make it to Buxton, all the photographs in this exhibition can be seen (and copies bought) on the Picture the Past website.

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