The Dacorum Heritage Trust (DHT) has received a grant from Share Museums East for a project exploring a Hidden History. Our project is titled ‘Underexposed: A history of photography in Dacorum‘.
Despite the fact that Hemel Hempstead was once at the centre of Kodak’s operations, practically nothing is known of this association today and younger generations are oblivious to its history. Our project will involve research into how Kodak sparked questions on the new town, industry, gender and changes in photography.
The project will focus on:
The experiences of those that worked at Kodak and their reminiscences of working in the new town of Hemel Hempstead.
The role of female employees at Kodak and their experiences of working in what would traditionally have been a male dominated industry.
The demise of Kodak as a brand and how it is symptomatic of the decline of the photographic industry as a whole.
The demise of film photography in a digital age and its long-term consequences.
We will be doing this by:
Hosting exciting art workshops and handling sessions using our photographic collection as inspiration at venues across the borough. This includes for example Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts and The Libraries.
Create a collaborative art installation reflecting the architectural legacy of Kodak in Hemel Hempstead, namely recreating a model of the Kodak Tower.
Exhibiting once again within an empty shop unit at The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead, later on in the year.