Share your photos of Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre

Old photo of Stamford Corn Exchange EMN-150605-122602001

Old photo of Stamford Corn Exchange EMN-150605-122602001

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Trustees of a theatre are appealing for people to share their old photographs to be included in a museum documenting its long history.

The group managing the Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre in Broad Street want to showcase the evolution of the building, which has been completely refurbished since 2000.

This revamp has included the installation of new raked seating, as well as a lift, and refurbishing the exterior of the building.

The group is creating an archival history of the building and details of as many organisations and individuals, who might have used it over the years, including local amateur musical groups, professional acts and musicians, as well as those who have played an historical part in the town’s history such as Sir Malcolm Sargent.

When completed, it will be open to the public and also available for research and studies by students or anyone interested in the building’s history.

Much of this history is also being included on a computer system which will be easily accessible to school groups and anyone interested in learning more.

The photo above shows the way in which the Corn Exchange, which was once known as the Picturedrome or Doddies, was used weekly for the seed merchants to show, barter and sell their agricultural seed.

This is the only photo the trustees have of this particular event at the moment and is keen to find more.

Trustees would also like to appeal to people for other photographs and artefacts they might have to be copied for inclusion in their displays.

Tony Story, from the theatre, said the museum already had many artefacts collected during the restoration but was short of photographs from its long history.

He said: “We’d be happy to hear from anyone who has photos of the corn exchange, particularly from when it was a seed merchants.”

If you can help contact Tony Story on 01780 757949 or Michael Lee 01780 753942 for further information.

You can also e-mail Tony on picturestory@talktalk.net.