Free exhibition captures Crawley history


Free exhibition captures Crawley history

The story behind one of Crawley’s hidden masterpieces is revealed at a free digital exhibition being held at the town’s Library throughout July.

The exhibition is about a painting by Victor Burr, marking when Princess Elizabeth visited Crawley on January 25th, 1950. The picture was donated to the Library by the Burr family in the 1990s and features on the BBC ‘Your Paintings’ season website.

On the Library’s digital wall, there is a range of images from Crawley in 1950 that inspired Victor Burr’s painting, including:

• The Princess’s visit to celebrate the start of the ‘New Town’ project.

• The events she attended such as the opening of the Manor Royal and the High Street civic reception recorded in the painting.

• A 7ft by 5ft digital reproduction of the original painting

• Many rarely seen pictures of the visit, and of Crawley in the 1940s and 1950s, digitised and displayed on a slide show in the Library.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for the Library Service, said: “It is wonderful the Library has had the opportunity to digitise many images from the past and make them available to a large number of people without damage to the original.

“This exhibition is a must for anyone interested in the history of Crawley.”

The exhibition runs until Saturday 30th July. For more information call Crawley Library on 01293 651751.

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