Marshall, Keene and Company Collection
Marshall, Keene and Company were a Hove based photographers founded in 1902. They operated out of premises on Portland Road and specialised in the commercial photography of public schools, hospitals and Roman Catholic churches in England and Scotland.
The National Buildings Record (NBR) acquired the collection in 1945. Thankfully the original plan to dispose of non-architectural material in the collection was never carried out. So, alongside views of the buildings, the collection includes photos of pupils working in classrooms, gymnasiums and workshops. There are also photos of posed groups of staff and students and shots of cadets from the Officer Training Corps carrying out drills.
Other interesting images in the collection record wounded ex-servicemen relaxing at the Star and Garter Home in Richmond Hill, and children receiving light therapy at Guy’s Hospital.
We still have copies of the correspondence between Sir John Summerson, then Deputy Director of the NBR, with the family of Thomas Dunkerton, the firm’s photographer. This reveals that all the material relating to English sites, along with all rights, were transferred to the NBR for the sum of £25.
The Engine House,
Fire Fly Avenue,