Shropshire

Shrewsbury Museum's appeal over mystery seaside photos

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Image caption The museum would like to hear from people who may know where the photos were taken and by whom

A museum is trying to identify the people and places featured in a series of Edwardian seaside photographs.

Shrewsbury Museum said unlike many portrait photographs of the period, the photos are informal, showing a more relaxed side of Edwardian life.

The images show children playing in the sea and adults relaxing.

They will go on show with other items exploring the relationship the British have with the seaside. Anyone with information should contact the museum.

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Image caption The images show a different side to Edwardian life, the museum said
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Image caption Do you recognise anyone or the locations?

Some photos have been identified at various locations including Scarborough, Borth, Rhyl, Lowestoft but many are from unidentified destinations.

Stuart West, Shropshire Council cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: "These pictures were the holiday snaps of the time and they give us a rare glimpse into the lives of holiday-makers some 100 years ago.

"We would love to know more about the people and places that feature in these photographs - and we're asking people for their help."

Other items that will form part of the exhibition later this month include a replica bathing machine built at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, a selection of railway posters evoking the time when trains left Shrewsbury heading for the Welsh coast and a display of period bathing costumes, the museum said.

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Image caption The images will go on show later this month
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Image caption The pictures were the "holiday snaps of the time", the council said

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