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‘THE RETRONAUT EXHIBITION AT WOODHORN IS A TREASURE TROVE’

 
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Retronaut was guest curator at Northumberland Archives and Museums during 2014, culminating in a six-month-long physical exhibition of 24 photographs.

The project was created to increase audience engagement with historic photographic collections held in Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn Museum.


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‘Research just a few weeks after the launch of the exhibition showed that close to 3.4 million internet users had received a message, viewed a news item or seen an image connected with the ‘Victorian selfies’ as they became known,’ explained Woodhorn's then-Director Keith Merrin. 

‘A stunning 47,624 people then went on to engage with the images by commenting on them, sharing them with friends and liking them etc. on social media. And we know the images are still being talked about on the World Wide Web which is fantastic.’

‘The exhibition at Woodhorn has also been a great hit with visitors,’ explained Keith. ‘People have really enjoyed seeing these photographic gems: images that seem not to belong to the time when they were created.’ 

 

All pictures: Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.