1916: Lewes Remembers

Lightbox exhibition in windows of shops and houses throughout Lewes.
29th October - 20th November

Images of life on the home front during the First World War, timed to coincide with the centenary of 'The Year That Sussex Died' the year that the county experienced its heaviest losses.


Into the Light - 1914-1918

Edward Reeves Studio
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 29 October - 18 November 11am-4pm
(except 5 November till 3pm)

An exhibition in the Edward Reeves Studio Gallery of studio portraits and town views taken by Benjamin Reeves during WW1.

The Story behind the Poppy

Lewes Town Hall
Monday - Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm
Closed Sundays but open on Activity Day, 30 October from 1pm-4pm
(closed Sat 5 Nov)

An exhibition in Lewes Town Hall showing sets of historic and contemporary portraits from Stories Behind the Poppy, the images of the 2015 national campaign of the Royal British Legion. The exhibited portraits were taken by Tom Reeves and by his grandfather Benjamin. Tom Reeves has photographed contemporary veterans, in the same studio, in the same pose, with the same camera his grandfather used in WW1. These recent portraits are shown alongside his grandfather's.

A key to the trail

Lewes Tourist Information
29th October - 20th November

A window display in the Tourist Information Centre where a map of the trail is available free of charge. For bookings and information: 01273-483448


National Media Museum, Bradford
2nd - 29th November 2015

Tom Reeves was commissioned by the Royal British Legion to make portraits of six modern Armed Force veterans and serving personnel. The photographs were taken in the same studio, and the same pose as pictures taken by his grandfather Benjamin Reeves 100 years ago during the first world war. Tom captured these poignant images using the exact same camera, technique, furniture and hand-painted background as the original process. It was the first time the camera had been used in 65 years.

Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate I
An exhibition of 80 lightboxes in the windows of 56 locations up and down Lewes High Street.

Lewes High Street
4th October - 2nd November 2014
& 22nd August - 13th September 2015

Stories Seen Thorough A Glass Plate was first exhibited during the Brighton Biennial in October 2014. Due to popular demand we were asked to bring SSTGP back in 2015, in celebration of Artwave and Lewes Heritage week. It showed work by the first three generations of Reeves photographers, as light boxes in 56 shop windows. The pictures were presented on the location where they were originally taken many years ago. These light boxes have been built to be re-used and this was the first in a series of exhibitions about different aspects of life in Lewes and the surrounding countryside. Please see 'SSTGP Interactive Map' for a street tour before and after shots of this exhibition.

This exhibition was curated by Brigitte Lardinois, Senior Research Fellow at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London with Matt Haycocks, University of Ulster, assisted by Yaz Norris, photographer.


Edward Reeves Photography Studio & Gallery
22nd August - 5th September 2015

Peter Messer - Tempura paintings
Messer is an established artist, resident of Lewes. Here he showed a small group of his paintings in egg tempera, inspired by the Edward Reeves Archive.

Isaac Reeves - Photographs and pen on paper
Isaac is the fifth generation Reeves and an emerging young artist in his own right. Isaac drew the map of the trail printed here. This is his first exhibition, showing more maps of Lewes and a selection of his drawings.


Silverprint Gallery, London
8th May - 15th June 2015

Capturing Light was originally exhibited in Lewes Barbican Castle Museum in conjunction with the first Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate exhibition, as part of the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014. Melanie King, co-curator and artist, created a sequel to this, introducing newly developed work by the artists as they continue to experiment with early photograsphic processes. Old Daguerreotypes and glass plates were also on display.

Exhibiting Artists:
Rob Ball
Nettie Edwards
Melanie King
Constanza Isaza Martinez
Yaz Norris


Lewes Castle & Barbican Museum
4th October - 2nd November 2014

A selection of contemporary artists using early photographic processes. Among these were examples of the Daguerreotype, Cyanotype and the Camera Obscura, as well as various old cameras and glass plates on display for viewing.

Exhibiting Artists:
Nettie Edwards
Melanie King
Constanza Isaza Martinez
Yaz Norris
Alvaro Petritoli


Edward Reeves Studio Gallery
4th October - 2nd November 2014

The history of the oldest continuously run photographic studio in the world. An exhibition of the shop through the past 160 years from Edward Reeves I to his grandson, and current owner, Tom Reeves, as they developed with the photographic medium from glass plates to digital.