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Museum assignment will go down in history

Students with learning difficulties and disabilities at Reading College have been developing their photography skills with a special assignment.

The students have been taking regular photographs of spaces and staff at Museum of English Rural Life, as part of a project for the museum’s archives.

During the latest visit they also had the opportunity to meet Mathew Binks, a professional wedding photographer, and Phillippa Heath from the museum.


During his visit, Mathew showed students his professional manual camera in all its different parts. Everyone was fascinated to explore the pros and cons of digital and manual cameras and how differently they work.

 Student Holly said “I really enjoyed the project. Mat gave me some photography tips and now I feel more confident in myself. The best moment was when I took some good photos with Mat. I think I have really improved my photography skills”.


Phillippa Heath from Museum of English Rural Life said: “It has been wonderful working with the Reading College students and staff on this project. Through their hard work, dedication and excellent photography skills, they are providing us with a wonderful record of the museum’s development and also of the staff who work here. It will be a truly fantastic resource for anyone interested in the museum’s history for years to come.”

The photography project will run throughout this year and hopefully into next year as well.

Thanks to Mathew and Phillippa for providing such an insightful experience.