Taking a trip down memory lane...

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LONG forgotten people who lived and worked in and around Tullyhogue are in the frame as part of an exciting new exhibition at the Burnavon in Cookstown.

‘Time Was...R C McKane’ is a free exhibition featuring old photographs dating from the beginning of the last century. They were taken by amateur photographer, Robert Cowan McKane from Tullyhogue who was born in 1873 and died in 1937. His granddaughter Lynn Buckley, who grew up in Dungannon, is presenting the exhibition.

Lynn explained that the collection of glass plate negatives lay undisturbed for decades under the stairs of her late aunt’s house. Lynn who is also interested in photography, had the skill and digital technology to digitise and restore the photographs. She said the detail in the restored photos is remarkable and she is hoping that local people may be able to identify someone.

“I was captivated when I saw them. It took many hours of painstaking work to clean them all up before printing them. But they give us a fascinating snapshot of life in Tullyhogue and environs in the early 20th century,” she said.

“My grandfather didn’t have a studio but photographed people outside their thatched houses or in their gardens. He wouldn’t have realised it at the time, but he was actually documenting about 30 years of changing fashions!”

It is believed the photographs were taken from around 1905 to 1930. Images include individuals, families, children, mixed groups such as the school, Desertcreat Sunday School and the Orange Lodge. Buildings also feature in the photographs, including Loughry, local churches and some private houses. It is hoped that MAIL readers may recognise themselves or their family in the photos.

Around 200 pictures make up the exhibition which will be on display in the Burnavon from June 1 to 28. Each week about 50 images will be on view and these will be changed every week. Entrance is free.

Lynn, who now lives in Newton Abbot, Devon, will be available, by arrangement, to talk to people about the photographs.

“It would be great if we could identify who the people in the pictures are and learn some of the stories behind them,” she added.

History groups and anyone else interested are invited to get in touch by contacting the Burnavon on 028 867 69949 option 4 or email mary.crooks@cookstown.gov.uk.

To find out more, visit www.burnavon.com/theatre/art-exhibitions/