Exhibitions at Alford Manor House

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Throughout 2017, there is an exhibition in the House entitled The Emperor’s New Clothes.   Do visit the museum to learn about these beautifully made costumes created especially for us in India.


Edwin NainbyAlford's Premier Photographer: Edwin Nainby

Edwin Rechab Nainby was born in Gedney in January 1842 and died in Alford in July 1908. The youngest son of a Quaker he was first in business as a photographer in Long Sutton and then in 1873 moved to Alford, where he initially joined forces with John Starbuck in the already established photographic business in the town. Later he acquired full ownership, probably in the early 1880s.

Alford Manor House is lucky to have over 750 glass plate negatives, which are original to Nainby's studio. Most of these plates have been digitised and are now available on this DVD. Selected images from the plate collection along with relevant text have been used to create an exhibition about Nainby and the images he captured.

The Manor House is very fortunate to have the volunteer help of two enthusiastic people who have done the majority of the work in producing the raw materials for the exhibition; this totals over 1000 hours of volunteer labour.

The late Eileen Sharpe was been responsible for cataloguing and storing the plates, along with researching Nainby (this follows on from work carried out by George and Joan Greenhill before the renovation of the Manor House).

Warren Hodgkinson has digitised the plates and created this

If you have any information relating to the Victorian Glass plate collection, the archive team at Alford Manor House would be delighted to hear from you; please contact us.

Nainby photographs