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Forthcoming Events:

We have been invited to participate in the World War One Commemoration event at the Waltham Abbey Town Hall over the Summer Bank Holiday weekend (22nd - 25th August). We shall be exhibiting a range of local photographs, memorabilia, and personal accounts.

We shall be exhibiting as usual at the 'King Harold Day' festival held in the Abbey Gardens on Saturday 11th October 2014.

We are working on our latest publication, 'Waltham in Wartime' and will announce its publication date when available. This latest publication is the result of a collaboration between Ray Sears and Bryn Elliott.

Reflections of the Past celebrates through old photographs the social history of Waltham Abbey, a small and proud west Essex market town.
It draws on Ray Sears’ extensive knowledge of the town and on his remarkable collection of photographs and memorabilia.
The Ray Sears Collection came out of a desire to celebrate and share the photographic history of the town. It is an ever expanding mixture of personal and donated photographs.
This site will also be the home of the King Harold School photographic archive.
This site has been developed by Jonathan Foster and Ray Sears; in the first instance; as an online source of information on our publications and exhibitions. You can order on-line directly from us through the 'Publications' link at the top of this page.
We are delighted to now provide you with the opportunity to search through our expanding data-base of images from our collection. To access this, search the 'Gallery' link at the top of this page.
Raymond Sears
Raymond Sears
Ray was born and has lived in Waltham Abbey all his life. His interest in local history and collection of old photographs and memorabilia are legendary. He stages exhibitions regularly in the town, and has published a number of books based on his collection, some of these in collaboration with Jonathan.
Jonathan Foster
Jonathan Foster
Jonathan was born in Bristol and taught art and photography in Waltham Abbey at King Harold School between 1980 and 2013. His collaboration with Ray has resulted in a number of highly successful photographic exhibitions, and the joint publication of the ‘Reflections of the Past’ series.’
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Reflections of the Past
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Echoes of the Past
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Reflections of the Past, Book Two
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