In 1980, I made two visits to the Russell-Coates
Museum in Bournemouth. This museum had a "Jewish Way of Life" Exhibition organized
by Mrs. Ruth Winston-Fox. The two pictures on this page were taken
on that first visit to the museum. (Russell-Cotes is just up the
hill from the Royal Bath Hotel, at the start of East Overcliff Drive.)
Unfortunately, I ran out of film and was unable to take anymore pictures
during that visit.
Thus, I had the desire to pay a second visit to the exhibit
in order to take more pictures. At the same time, Mr. Cyril Galkoff, a
Warden of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and chairman of the
Exhibition Committee, asked me for a favour in the form of producing a catalog of pictures to help Mrs. Winston-Fox set up the
exhibit at other venues around the country. Thus, I made a second
visit with Mr. Galkoff and Rabbi Indech. Two rolls of 36 print film
were used on this project to capture the entire exhibit - every display
cabinet and close-ups of many items. The films were processed
overnight with two sets of prints made (if my memory is correct) and
handed to Mr Galkoff with the understanding that I would get the negatives
back at a later date - that turned out to be a mistake.
Unfortunately, Mr. Galkoff and my late father were not successful in
getting the negatives (or a set of prints) returned, which is why I don't
have this large collection of images to display here.
Now over 23 years later, if any of Mrs. Winston-Fox's
family should come across this page and know where the prints or negatives
are located, and can return them to me, I would very much appreciate
getting them back. I will then place the images here.
It's a long shot - but I have to ask.
Dr. Stuart A. Kingsley
First Posted: March 15, 2003