Reeves Lightbox Exhibition – Lewes High Street: Retail Retold, 5-29 September 2019

An exhibition of 80 pictures displayed as lightboxes along the length of Lewes High Street and surrounding streets.

The images come from the archive of Edward Reeves Photography, the world’s oldest surviving photographic studio, and show pictures of the town and people of Lewes taken in the High Street from 1860 – 1960.

The Lightbox Project started in 2014, and since then has mounted annual exhibitions placed in windows up and down the streets of Lewes.

Retail Retold focuses on the importance of the High Street, which is central to the social and economic life of our community. Special emphasis is given to the more sustainable way in which previous generations traded and shopped,  and highlights ever changing lifestyles.

The original glass plates were digitally scanned and enlarged to reveal previously unnoticed details.


Map at Reeves Archive website, click map to enlarge