This selection of over 200 photographs offers a further perspective on the life and times of Thirsk and its surrounding districts, showing how they have changed over the last century and beyond. Serving the northern part of the fertile Vale of Mowbray, the town has always been the local focus for trade and commerce, sport, entertainment and public and private events. It is here that photographers have found ready subjects for the camera and profitable material for the picture postcard trade. Here, too, are records of occasions for public celebration, of grimmer days of two world wars, childhood scenes and family life, together with images of work and recreation in the surrounding villages and on outlying farms. There is much here to touch a chord of nostalgia for residents and visitors alike.
Cooper Harding is a keen local historian and is Honorary Curator of Thirsk Museum. His association with the museum has provided him with a rich photographic archive, which has assisted him in producing two previous titles on Thirsk and the surrounding area. A native of Dartford, Kent, he has lived with his wife and family in Thirsk since the 90s. He writes and lectures on local history themes and has been able to draw on the museum's rich photographic archive in producing three books on bygone Thirsk and its surrounding villages.