Sevenoaks in a time of change
7th September - 17th October 2020
Sevenoaks 2020 is a photography project which celebrates the diversity and dynamism of the town centre and, hopefully, helps sustain its resilience.
It was conceived by Victoria Granville-Baxter as a riposte to the challenges faced by town centres in the age of internet and car-based out-of-town shopping at the time of the 900th anniversary of the first written record of Sevenoaks.
However, the rapid onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 presented – and will continue to present – a far greater and more intense challenge to the town’s businesses and activities. Most have, perforce, been stilled. And so the photographs have, thereby, taken on a greater significance as a portrait of a decisive moment in time
Undertaken by Victoria along with Elizabeth Purves and Roger Lee, work on the project began in late October 2019. The photography was completed in early May 2020. Over half of the images are of the individual businesses and activities along with the people who make them work. The remainder are shots of the premises of all the other businesses and activities which, for one reason or another, were unable fully to participate.
The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10.00 to 16.00. Closed Sunday and all Bank Holidays.