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One of the projects that the Civic Society is undertaking in 2021 is a photographic record of the river Nene. Of course it has been very difficult, and indeed inadvisable, for people to get out and about to take photos. However, now that lockdown is easing, we would like to invite contributions from members of the public.

This project will provide a photographic record over 2021 and will include views of the river, views of buildings and land from the river banks, and views from boats on the river. We shall also include photographs taken at different times of the year so that we have views with seasonal variation. The project will provide a context for any proposed developments close to the river and impacting on views of and from the river. It will also be an historical archive and a resource for promotion of Peterborough.

The river Nene has a major impact on the appearance of the city centre and defines the landscape of a significant part of the area for 33 km in the Peterborough Unitary Authority from just south of Wansford bridge in the West to Knarr Lake pumping station in the east.

Original photographs taken during 2021 will be accepted and must be donated by the photographer without condition as jpeg (jpg) files and sent to derek.brown222@btinternet.com. Alternatively photographs could be posted to the Civic Society’s Twitter account @PeterboroughCS from where they will be copied and saved.

Details logged with each photograph must include:

  • Date/time taken
  • Exact location (if possible, with map reference) where the photograph was taken
  • Direction of view and subject. A brief description/comment may be added (no more than 20 words)
  • Name of photographer

A small group from the Civic Society will select photographs as there will inevitably be duplication of submitted views. The decision of the Society will be final regarding which photographs will be included. Criteria for inclusion of photographs will be:

  • A unique or historical feature of the river landscape.
  • A significant structure on the river, including bridges, locks and weirs.
  • Significant buildings associated with the river.
  • Significant views from the river, including areas where development is planned.

Copyright of the photographs will be with the Peterborough Civic Society. Free use of photographs in the collection will be allowed as long as the Society and the photographer are acknowledged with the photograph. How the archive will be held and made publicly available in the longer term will be decided by the Civic Society during 2021 and contributors will be advised of how they can see these photos via the Civic Society website and the local press.

 

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page amended 8 April 2021