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Work continues on our next exhibition

The Doc Rowe Archive: 50 Years Focusing on Folk at the Museum of East Anglian Life

Work has been progressing on the MoBF second exhibition, hosted by the Museum of East Anglian Life. The exhibition will present the importance of a unique and comprehensive archive, unmatched anywhere. Known within the folk community for many years, Doc Rowe has been a familiar face at hundreds of seasonal customs and traditions. Recording, photographing and collecting, Doc has amassed a vast amount of folklore related material and his archive is unparalleled in its broad scope and its comprehensive nature. The exhibition will provide the public with an opportunity to view an important record of cultural history – an archive which continues to evolve and grow, as each month passes. Some of the folk festivals depicted no longer take place, whilst some have grown exponentially: living proof of the contemporary interest in folklore. The MoBF have both designed and curated the exhibition and have been working closely with Touch Digital, who have partly sponsored the show, to produce the photographic prints from Doc's original slides. Each image has been lovingly cleaned and scanned and then the colour balanced and any tiny marks retouched in order to produce the best possible results. The images were then printed onto Fibre Base archival paper; Harman Glossy Baryta paper 320gsm.

The show will also feature a Super-8 film made by Doc of the Padstow May Day celebrations in 1969 which is currently being cleaned and transferred to a digital format for viewing by the expert archive and restoration specialist, Martin Rogers at Prime Focus . Clips from this will be viewable on this website once the work has been completed.

The show will consider the importance of archives in general, in the context of our digital age. It will demonstrate the process of collecting images and sound with analog equipment as an exploration of Doc Rowe’s working practice. With examples of photographs and field recordings, visitors will be able to see why Doc Rowe’s material gives such a rich insight into an often overlooked area of British culture, with a special emphasis on East Anglia and its singers and traditions. The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday 18th April until Saturday 30th June. For information on how to reach MEAL go to -