The Fred Fawbert Project

Fred Fawbert project

The University of Central Lancashire Archive holds a large collection of images made by a recent employee, Fred Fawbert.  In the course of his work here Fred took many photographs of the University and its environs throughout the 1970s and 1980s.  Until 1984 the institution was known as Preston Polytechnic, changing to Lancashire Polytechnic, only becoming the University of Central Lancashire in 1993, and these changes have been reflected in the physical environment recorded by the images in this collection of slides and film.  The collection offers a snap shot of this part of Preston from these decades in the last century.

To give the collection some context and demonstrate the relevance of the images to today we have made them available to photography student Lucy Drummond.  She worked through the collection and selected some that showed distinctive and well known locations around the University campus.  After selecting suitable slides Lucy set out to re-photograph the images using modern day equipment and her own skill and style to represent the locations as they appear today.  Lucy decided that the best way to complement the collection and add to the archive would be to adopt a straight-forward documentary style, similar to Mr Fawbert's.  She tried, therefore, to take the photographs from as near the same angle as possible.  The differences between the pairs of images shown here are many generated from the optical differences in camera equipment and in the changing urban structure.

If you remember Fred Fawbert from this time or can tell us anything about this collection, please get in touch by emailing facultylibrarians@uclan.ac.uk

Here are her images with the slides that inspired them.

Marshall House, Ringway, Preston

               

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                      Fred Fawbert, c.1980

Lucy says, "I tried photographing it from the ground but then after studying the original image I noticed it had been taken from a more level angle. I managed to go to the second floor of the market car park and photograph it from there and I feel this is more successful. "

Friargate and Ringway, Preston

            

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                   Fred Fawbert, c.1980

Lucy says, "This is a view looking up Friargate street. The building on the right hand side has completely changed but the other buildings in the image do not seem to have changed so much. There are new traffic lights also, so you can see some development within the city..."

Harris Building and Foster Building, Corporation Street/Fylde Road

            

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                    Fred Fawbert, c.1980 

Lucy says, "My image of Foster building is quite different from the original. The reason for this is that the level the original photograph was taken from is not there anymore. It seems the ground has lowered over the years. I thought maybe it had been shot through a window somewhere but there is no building in the same position today, so I am not sure where it was actually taken from." 

Harris Building and Foster Building

            

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                    Fred Fawbert, c.1980

Lucy says, These images "...how the Foster building has been developed and modernised. The Harris building has not changed though so this shows a good contrast between the changes that have been made in time."

 

Harris Building from Fylde Road Roundabout

            

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                    Fred Fawbert, c.1980

Lucy says, "... you can see how the roundabout has changed, but only slightly. There is now a big tree on the left hand side. I quite like the fact I managed to capture two cars turning left at the triangle junction area. This almost matches the original image, but you can see the difference between the ages of the cars, from modern to old."

Fylde Building, Fylde Road Roundabout

            

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                   Fred Fawbert, c.1980

Lucy says, "I ...wanted to capture the whole building in this image as opposed to the older photograph where some of the building has been cut off."

Victoria Building

            

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                    Fred Fawbert, c.1980

Lucy says, "... to get to a suitable position I had to stand in a garden patch in front of the building. This shows that it didn’t used to be there. You can also see that tree’s have been planted since, for instance the big evergreen tree in the garden patch leading off the building."

Library and St. Peter's Church

           

Lucy Drummond, 2010                                                      Fred Fawbert, c.1980

This is a small sample of the images in the Fred Fawbert collection but this project has highlighted the images importance to the historical recording of the University and its environs, and the potential to provide inspiration to current students.