Now hold that pose just like members did 150 years ago

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The photo was taken of members of Sheffield Photographic Society at Roche Abbey near Maltby in 1865.

It is the oldest in the possession of the society - and it will be recreated in modern dress in May so it can form part of an exhibition celebrating the group being formed 150 years ago.

The exhibition will be staged in the newly-redeveloped Anglican Cathedral in July.

“This is the oldest photo that we have from the society, which was formed in December 1864,” said president John Scholey. “So this is likely to be the first outing - sometime early the next year. We are going to go back to recreate it before the exhibition.”

Sheffield is one of the oldest photographic societies in the world, and currently has 90 to 100 members, meeting on Tuesday evenings from September to May, with a programme that covers speakers, competitions and members’ own work.

The 150th anniversary exhibition will follow the spring exhibition, at The Workstation in Paternoster Row, from February 17 to 23. The society also holds a Perspectives exhibition in the Winter Garden in the autumn.

Sponsorship is being sought for the anniversary event, with requests for donations of £100 towards a target of £1,000.

It is being organised by Mike Smith, chairman of the 150th anniversary committee and president from May. Email: or tel 2303980.