Photo exhibition tells the stories behind Bath's oldest residents
The stories behind some of Bath’s oldest residents are being told at a photo exhibition in the city.
Very Important People: The Faces of St John’s reflects the life of the 800-year-old almshouses charity St John's Hospital.
The event at the BRLSI in Queen Square has displayed portraits of some of the residents living in the organisation’s accommodation.
Among the portraits by photographer Sean Malyon is one of Second World War spy Ray Burrill, who was involved in efforts to work the Enigma Code but allowed his role to be made public only after his death last year.
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Also on the wall is former lecturer and businessman Peter Miles, who is a governor of the Mineral Water Hospital and who describes his city centre flat as “the Rolls-Royce of sheltered accommodation.”
Other portraits are of 87-year-old Cath Eales, who is described as “a bit of unlikely computer wizard” who keeps in touch with family in New Zealand via Skype, and retired vicar the rev John Godden, who acts as chaplain of the ancient charity’s St Michael’s Within chapel.
The exhibition, which comes to an end next Thursday, was conceived after Bristol-based Mr Malyon began taking pictures of St John’s residents. The charity also gives out almost £500,000 a year in grants for community projects and to individuals in need.