Who is Alf Gentle?

January 5th 2017
By: Melanie
Who is Alf Gentle?

Alf Gentle (1911-1992), was a founder member of the St Albans Photographic society and his pictures can help you explore the rich history of the St Albans City and District. He made his mark by photographing the ordinary aspects of 1960s and 1970s St Albans.

By popular demand The Alf Gentle Slide Collection is back at Verulamium Museum.  There are two session on Saturday 14th January - from 2pm to 3pm there is a slide show of Alf’s images of St Albans, you will recognise many of the places but will also notice how much they have changed since the 1960s. It costs £3.00 and spaces are limited so please book in advance either in person at Verulamium Museum or by phone 01727 751810.

After the slide show there is a talk called the Alf Gentle HistoryPin from 3pm – 4pm this will be an opportunity to explore the images on the Museum database and get involved in plotting historic images from the collections onto an interactive map of St Albans. Nearly 1,300 of Alf’s slides were donated to the Verulamium museum by his family in 1996 they provide an excellent record of many aspects of historic St Albans.

“Photographs are an extremely valuable social history record and have an immediacy and accessibility which is hard to rival. They can provide an instant insight into the past, but with careful study they can reveal a much deeper understanding of history. It is often the little 'incidentals', such as the things that are pictured in the background, that turn out to be the most interesting. St Albans, like everywhere else, changes all the time and photography is one of the ways of capturing a little bit of the present for the future. “ Around St Albans

St Albans Museums are interested in adding more digital pictures to their collection and if you are have suitable material they will be delighted to hear from you.