A box of mostly broken glass slides was found in one of the Town Hall’s basements along with a few photos. They had been badly stored from years ago and no one knew they were there until we were clearing one of the basement rooms. They were the remains of a photographic exhibition held in Nuneaton in 1919 to celebrate the centenary of Mary Ann Evans’ (George Eliot) birth. These are the photos. The glass slides are with the museum, hopefully awaiting restoration.
The Dame School that stood opposite Griff House on what is now the Coventry Road. George Eliot attended the Dame School as a young girl. The Dame School was pulled down long ago.
On the back of the photo is written ‘Lawyer Dempster’s Children’ We suspect that the photo is of children dressed up for the 1919 celebration. Lawyer Dempster was based on the real life Nuneaton lawyer James Buchannan.