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150 years of Macclesfield

Date posted:
Wednesday 25th May 2011
150 years of Macclesfield

Macclesfield Camera Club is staging a photographic exhibition as part of the 2011 celebrations.  Focusing on portraying the people of Macclesfield over the years, through a selection of archival images (some dating back to the early 1860s) and a series of contemporary images taken during the month of April by members of the Club.

 Pulling everything together was not an insignificant task; the contemporary images had to be taken, collated, reviewed and finally the selection of the best or most appropriate images for the exhibition was made.  This was then followed by the printing of the images to a high standard and then mounting and framing them.  

Given the amount of time and effort it was thought desirable to extend the exhibition beyond the Barnaby weekend.  Aaron Shackelford, the owner of the venue was more than happy to allow his piano showroom to be used for an extended period and it was decided to run the exhibition until the end of August 2011.Two of the Club’s members, Rob Hockney and Brian Law had considerable experience in self publication having  produced high quality hard back books of their own images in the past.  Despite adding to the workload and pressure it was thought that having a book of the images would be a great way of publicising the exhibition.  Most significantly it is hoped it is a way of sharing the exhibition images and hopefully a visual legacy for future Maxonians.


Through the hard work of Rob and Brian, the book was put together in a very short time. Their sheer hard graft and creative flair have produced something really worthwhile; an affectionate, perceptive and rounded portrait of the town and its people. Not simply a picture archive it cleverly sums up the unique character of Macc and how it has evolved over the years. The book looks very professional with smart cover and dust jacket.  A hard copy will be available for viewing at the exhibition at Shacklfords and at the White Gallery in Bollington.  The book can also be viewed online at it can also be purchased in either hard or soft back form at £17.95 or £27.54. The Christmas present of choice for discerning Maxonians this year? We think so.

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