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Weʼre raising £4,865 to restore the grave of the photographer John Thomson (1837-1921)

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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

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  • Betty Yao1 month ago
    Betty Yao

    Betty Yao

    1 month ago

    The 2-stage plan is as follows: Stage 1)‘Tidy up' the gravestone, ie lift the original stone, refix, clean and recut the same inscription. If nothing new is added, no extension fee will be imposed. This will cost just over £1,000. Stage 2) A full restoration, including the extra Council fees. We have raised the Just Giving target to £4,865, in the hope that we’ll be able to carry this out. Please help spread the word to anyone who might be interested. For an e-version of the flyer, please email info@JohnThomsonExhibition.org

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  • Betty Yao1 month ago
    Betty Yao

    Betty Yao

    1 month ago

    After reaching our original goal the Committee has found out that an unanticipated extra fee of almost £3,000 would have to be paid to Lambeth Council to extend the grave plot lease. We have tried all possible ways to get this waived, to no avail. After due consideration, we have decided to undertake the renovation in 2 stages. We will clarify the Plan in the next post.

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  • Betty Yao7 months ago
    Betty Yao

    Betty Yao

    7 months ago

    Thanks to your generous support we have very nearly reached the target! The Committee will be commissioning the head stone and exploring various options of a rededication event. Once we close this Just Giving site we will not be able to contact you unless you have already given us your email via: info@johnthomsonexhibition.org Anyone who donated before mid June and not yet emailed us, please do so as soon as you can. Look forward to keeping in touch!

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Page last updated on: 1/20/2019 18.56

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32

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 1, 2018

  • Roddy Cameron

    Roddy Cameron

    Aug 23, 2018

    £100.00

  • Rowan De Saulles

    Rowan De Saulles

    Aug 20, 2018

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

    £20.00

  • Weipin

    Weipin

    Aug 1, 2018

    What a wonderful project!!

    £100.00

  • S A Hitchin

    S A Hitchin

    Jul 30, 2018

    So pleased you are almost there. S Hitchin

    £100.00

  • 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.

    £20.00

  • Jim Stewart

    Jim Stewart

    Jul 25, 2018

    Well done Betty, a very worthy outcome to your magnificent efforts to promote John Thomson's work worldwide. I'm delighted to participate.

    £100.00

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