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Closed 31/10/2019

raised of £4,865 target by 33 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,470 to restore the grave of the photographer John Thomson (1837-1921)

    London, UK
    Funded on Thursday, 31st October 2019

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    Help restore the grave of John Thomson.

    The final resting place of the great photographer John Thomson (1837 - 1921) is in a south London cemetery. Regrettably, the badly eroded headstone has fallen over and is lying flat on the ground. The inscription is barely legible.

    Scottish photographer John Thomson was one of the first to extensively document the Far East between 1862-1872. He photographed in China, Thailand and Cambodia, publishing his images in a series of books. In association with Adolphe Smith, he produced the seminal 'Street Life in London' (1876-77), a visual and written survey of the people of London.

    Thomson was a member of the Photographic Society (later the Royal Photographic Society) from 1879, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

    John Thomson's photographs provide a rich and lasting visual record of the Far East. It is fitting that we restore his grave as a renewed memorial to the man and his work. Funds raised will go towards the restoration of the gravestone and a rededication event.

    John Thomson Grave Restoration Committee:
    Terry Bennett, Michael Pritchard, Jamie Carstairs, Geoff Harris, Deborah Ireland & Betty Yao



    • Betty Yao4 years ago
      Betty Yao

      Betty Yao

      4 years ago

      As the work on the stone has gone so much better than expected, the Committee has decided that Phase 2 of the renovation will not be necessary, and so would like to close this campaign. The surplus donation of £194 will be put towards another, future John Thomson project. For onward John Thomson exhibition tour dates to Dublin and Stoke on Trent, please see: Thank you for all of your support, from The John Thomson Grave Restoration Committee.

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    • Betty Yao4 years ago
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      Betty Yao

      4 years ago

      The group visit to Streatham Cemetery on 13 July was a great success – please see below the cleaned-up headstone! Both the Committee and John Thomson’s relatives agreed that the renovated stone looks excellent, and much better than expected. If you would like to plan a future visit, Streatham Cemetery is at Garratt Lane, Tooting, London SW17 0LT. Grave number: 545F

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    • Betty Yao5 years ago
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      Betty Yao

      5 years ago

      Confirmation of visit to view the 'tidied-up' grave on Saturday 13 July. Streatham Cemetery, Garratt Lane, Tooting, London SW17 0LT. We're meeting at 11am at the Garratt Lane entrance and will walk together to the grave site. An Invitation with more details and information about the lunch will be sent to all those who have responded to last month's message. If you haven't and would like to join us, please email:

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    • Veronica Needa

      Veronica Needa

      Mar 18, 2019

      Wishing you well


    • Anonymous


      Sep 1, 2018

    • Roddy Cameron

      Roddy Cameron

      Aug 23, 2018


    • Rowan De Saulles

      Rowan De Saulles

      Aug 20, 2018

      Well done Betty! SO pleased you've nearly reached your target.


    • Weipin


      Aug 1, 2018

      What a wonderful project!!


    • S A Hitchin

      S A Hitchin

      Jul 30, 2018

      So pleased you are almost there. S Hitchin


    • Steven F. Joseph

      Steven F. Joseph

      Jul 30, 2018

      The more we understand and appreciate Thomson’s work, the more his memory deserves to be concretely honoured.


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