Stonyhurst College to appear on ‘The One Show’

Comparing Fenton's photograph with Stonyhurst's refectory today
Comparing Fenton's photograph with Stonyhurst's refectory today
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Stonyhurst College will appear on BBC TV’s The One Show today as part of a feature on a pioneering photographer from Hurst Green.

Roger Fenton, who is famed for his photos during the Crimean War in the 19th Century, photographed the college during his life, taking three sets of 50 photographs between the summer of 1858 and January 1859.

A TV crew filmed at the 400-year-old school recently and the programme will be shown today. Fenton’s old photos were re-staged and compared to the originals. Locations include the old refectory, which dates back to the 17th century, “The Plunge”, which was the country’s first indoor swimming pool, and the Jesuit Gardens.

The project was led by photographer Giles Duley, who lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2011. It was Fenton’s work which inspired him to take up photography.

“I was curious to see where I would stand in relation to where Fenton did,” said Giles.

Stonyhurst’s headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said: “The photographic collection of Roger Fenton may have been an inspiration for former pupils like Tim Hetherington, a film maker and war photographer who sadly lost his life in Libya.”